Software and Qualitative Analysis

7. Drawing and Verifying Conclusions

Exercise 2

Background for Exercise:
Figures 9 and 10 are examples of explanatory matrices, and come from the same project. They are, in fact, two different versions of the same matrix for different sites. They make it possible to look at the facilitators of and barriers to success that were encountered, along with the strategies and approaches to overcoming barriers that were employed, and assess the associated outcomes.

Review the two matrices available on this page. The different approaches taken by the two analysts have different advantages. Based on what you have read in this chapter, consider the key advantages of each approach. Below are several advantages. Select which advantage that best applies to each version (Version 1 vs. Version 2) of the Dimensional Summary.

Note: When the user adds an advantage to the correct DS, it will fall in. If incorrect, it will ‘pop’ out, or state incorrect. This is meant to reinforce thinking about the differences by making them take action to determine what they think the differences are.

Advantages:
Focuses on one dimension, shows complex pattern for that dimension
Allows looking across dimensions
Includes "net trend" column summarizing observations.
Broken down by "phase" of the project

Dimensional Summaries:
Dimensional Summary of Implementation Process – version 1
Dimensional Summary of Implementation Process – version 2

Answers:
Dimensional Summary of Implementation Process – version 1
Focuses on one dimension, shows complex pattern for that dimension
Broken down by "phase" of the project

Dimensional Summary of Implementation Process – version 2
Allows looking across dimensions
Includes "net trend" column summarizing observations

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