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CIDS. Examples of Internet sites that do not meet this full criteria, yet may contain valuable information, are listed later in this report. This table illustrates which criteria used in this study are met and not met by each site. Establishment of Features Features were established by beginning with the features utilized by Sampson, et al. (1998) in the cost-feature analysis of computer-assisted career guidance systems (CACGS). As the CIDS were reviewed, features were added or removed to best reflect the existing features of sites. Some features were included based on the emerging national standards for Internet delivery of CIDS, such as the NCDA Guidelines for the Use of the Internet for Provision of Career Information and Planning Services (National Career Development Association, 1997). Procedures A four member research team was assembled to conduct this analysis. The research team met to review the purposes of the present research and then met as a group several times to discuss common criteria for features and to suggest the addition of new features or the deletion of previous features. Developers were contacted to ask if they were willing to participate in the study. All developers agreed to participate and supplied information (e.g., passwords) required to access their Internet-based CIDS. Each developer's Web site was then reviewed using the checklist in Table 1 by two members of the research team. Disagreements between team members over the presence or absence of specific features were resolved through group discussion and a second review of the site for the feature in question. When different terminology was used by developers to represent similar features, a "/" mark was used to combine terms, e.g., earnings/wages. In reviewing the sites, information was not considered to be part of the Web site if it originated from another site. Instead, this information was considered a link. A draft of the report was then made available to the developers of each site to identify factual errors and discuss the criteria for receiving a "yes" or "no" for specific features in question or specific cost data. Factual errors were then corrected and developer comments were taken into consideration by the authors in completing the analysis and the discussion. The authors assume full responsibility for the quality of the analysis and related interpretations that are included in this study. Limitations While every attempt has been made to be accurate, there are inherent limitations in any methodology. First, the following analysis does not examine the effectiveness or desirability of the features identified for the sites. Although a site may be granted a “yes” for a particular feature, this feature may not be particularly effective or desirable for the goals of one’s clientele. It is important not to confuse effectiveness with quantity of features. Jepsen (1990) stated that, “… the mere presence of a feature as part of any complex system does not assure its effectiveness” (p. 130). Furthermore, features that are present may not be desirable. Gati (1990; 1994; 1996) cautions that features initially perceived as desirable may actually be detrimental to good practice.
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