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The following is a list of publications produced by HSI related faculty and students. The link for each paper leads you to the citation, keyword, and abstract. For copies of the full papers, please use standard methods for obtaining academic publications, such as online library searches.

Methods of Evaluating Outcomes

Authors: P. Edwards, F. Sainfort, J. Jacko, T. Kongnakorn


Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics

Abstract: This chapter focuses on an aspect of sound experimental design: selecting the appropriate measures and outcomes to collect during the experiment and selecting the appropriate methods for analyzing and drawing conclusions from those experimental outcomes. In order to help human factors researchers select the appropriate data outcomes and analysis methods for their research, this chapter defines characteristics of various outcome data and describes analysis and evaluation methods frequently used to analyze those outcomes. The chapter begins by characterizing outcomes along a number of dimensions and discussing the implications these characteristics have on both selecting the appropriate outcome measures and on selecting the appropriate evaluation method(s). Next a variety of methods for evaluating both structured and unstructured outcomes data are described. The chapter concludes with an example of applying the previously discussed methods for analyzing structured and unstructured data to the analysis of survey data. Applying this knowledge of outcome characteristics and evaluations methods should enable human factors researchers to produce research outcomes and conclusions that provide compelling and meaningful insight into the field of human factors.

Citation: Edwards, P. J., Sainfort, F., Jacko, J. A., & Kongnakorn, T. (2006). Methods of Evaluating Outcomes. In G. Salvendy (Ed.), Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics (3rd Ed., pp.1105-1187). New York: John Wiley and Sons.

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