How to Evaluate a Study
Classify the study as
a sample survey,
an observational study,
an experiment, something else, or some
7 Critical Components. In particular:
Check for common
pitfalls associated with
that type of study.
Determine if there is incomplete information.
See what possible explanations
are provided by the authors.
Are the results and/or explanations compatible with what you
already know or surprising/contradictory?
- Consider alternative explantations.
- Determine if the resulsts are meaningful enough
to warrant a change (in policty, behavior, attitudes, etc.).
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