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M3.07. Conducting evaluation of the mentoring process

2. Use of Quantitative Methods

2.1. Advantages and Disadvantages of Quantitative Methods

Advantages Disadvantages
You can collect data from a large sample of people. Closed answers
You can analyse the data relatively quickly and easily, especially if you are using software packages such as Excel, STATA, SPSS, etc. No in-depth information. Responses to the questions are generally not explained.
It does not require a lot of money if a survey is used and administered online or in person. Larger scope for possible misinterpretation by the reader
The results can be generalised if the sample is representative of the study population Risk of poor return/completion rate if surveys not completed face-to-face