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based CIDS included in this analysis were: 1) e-Choices, 2) Career Information System – National site, 3) Embark.com - Education and Career Opportunities System (ECOS), 4) Georgia Career Information System, 5) Illinois Career Information System (Horizons), 6) Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Center (ICPAC), and 7) Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS). For the purposes of this analysis, features included: 1) site content, 2) user friendly features, 3) support resources, and 4) access policy, while costs included license fees. The data presented in this analysis were gathered from on-line CIDS use, support materials provided on-line, and telephone interviews with the developers. 3
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Differential Feature-Cost Analysis of Internet-Based CIDS Background For the purposes of this paper, an Internet-based career information delivery system (CIDS) is defined as including the following three components: 1) assessment, 2) search capability, 3) information delivery (educational and occupational data), and these components must be integrated to assist the individual in using the information from one element of the web site to complete another element of the site. Examples of integration include using assessment results to search for occupations, or looking up educational programs for an occupation being researched. This definition is congruent with the definition of CIDS adopted in the standards of the Association of Computer-Based Systems for Career Information, “A computer-based career information system delivers integrated assessment and search functions linked to career and educational information in an environment that provides user support.” An essential element in evaluating the appropriateness of potential sites for various users and populations involves an analysis of data on the effectiveness of CIDS with different populations. The process of completing research and evaluation studies is, however, a time-consuming process. Furthermore, CIDS are extremely dynamic, in that they are continuously being revised and updated as the nature of the Internet allows for immediate modifications. The rapidity of site change complicates the evaluation of Internet-based CIDS. These two problems, the time lag in publishing research and evaluation studies and the rapid evolution of CIDS on the Internet, necessitate a multidimensional approach to the evaluation process. The use of a differential feature-cost analysis offers a potential solution to the above problems. A differential feature analysis allows the comparison of two or more CIDS in terms of the features available. In regards to previous feature-costs analyses of computer-assisted career guidance systems (CACGS) (e.g., Sampson, et al. , 1998), Gati (1990) stated, "a feature analysis of the systems may be used to eliminate a particular system because of the presence (or absence) of a critical undesirable (or necessary) feature" (p. 122). This also applies to the analysis of Internet-based CIDS. An assumption
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