5 Differential Feature Cost Analysis of Internet Based CIDS A second limitation

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Differential Feature-Cost Analysis of Internet-Based CIDS A second limitation involves the use of a "checklist" approach in presenting the data. In an effort to present feature data in a succinct manner, a dichotomous yes - no "checklist" comparison of sites was used, i.e. "Feature X: Does Site A have it? Does Site B?" This approach effectively simplified a massive amount of data. However, potential problems occur when this methodology oversimplifies and obscures reality. Certain features cannot be adequately explained by this "yes" - "no" analysis. This type of analysis does not capture some of the true differences. For example, Internet-based CIDS may contain financial aid information for education institutions. However, there may be wide differences in the quantity and quality of information provided about financial aid. There are no quality standards required to achieve a “yes” for any particular feature. For example, there were no checks on the source validity and bias that may be inherent in outlook information. Also related to the limitation of using a "checklist" approach, the awarding of a "no" for any given site feature is not necessarily "bad" and the awarding of a "yes" for any given site feature is not necessarily "good. " In some cases a "no" may not indicate the lack of a relevant site feature. For example, if the site administers an assessment on-line that a professional views as inappropriate for her client, then a "yes" for this site feature is irrelevant. Oliver (1990) noted that the checklist approach is a tool to be used in evaluating a system for a specific population. The checklist serves as an organizer for further investigation, not as a final evaluation of the site. A third limitation of this study involves the dynamic nature of the Internet. A strength of Internet- based CIDS is the ability to constantly update and add features and content. This strength poses a challenge to any study attempting to review these features and content. Any attempt to do so is simply a snapshot in time. Results The results of the analysis are provided in a series of Tables. Table 1 provides data on seven Internet-based CIDS available on-line. It includes site content, user-friendly features, support resources, and access policy. Table 2 provides data on costs to access each of the Internet-based CIDS. Table 3 identifies other state career information sites which were judged as not meeting the CIDS criteria defined earlier. Table 4 provides the contact information for Internet CIDS site developers. Table 5 provides contact information for state sites delivered by Career Information System. Discussion In light of the results obtained in this study, the following section will discuss trends in funding and costs, user support and identification of user needs, information provided by sites on identity and qualifications of the developers, data provided on validity of assessments and information, use of various media and audio by sites, integration features and strategies for access, and reference to ACSCI standards.
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