University at Buffalo, State Univesity of New York
Dissertations & Theses, Unpublished Paper
The purpose of this study is to compare and contrast two qualitative, participative approaches to program evaluation: Appreciative Inquiry and Nominal Group Technique; in an effort to answer the following questions:
* In what ways are the results or output from these groups similar and different?
* How do the groups compare based on the number and usefulness of ideas generated (brainstorming)?
* How does acceptance (or buy-in) of the ideas generated differ by group type?
* How do the participants experience the different group types? What are the differences and similarities in their experiences?
The setting for this study will be Phase 2 of an on-going assessment of the programs and services at the Buffalo State College Counseling Center.