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# Assessment 6 Instructions: Interpretation of Survey Results

Provide a 5-7 page summary paper that integrates your findings from Assessments 1-4. This paper will describe how the survey was conducted as well as the results of the survey.

Introduction

In this assessment, you will integrate your findings from Assessments 1–4 and describe how the survey was conducted. You will also reflect on the limitations of the survey and think about potential improvements for a future study.

Demonstration of Proficiency

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria.

• Competency 1: Interpret a data set’s central tendency and variability using descriptive statistical procedures.
• Interpret summary statistics for all survey questions.
• Competency 2: Evaluate the adequacy of data collection methods.
• Evaluate constraints or limitations of conclusions based on survey results.
• Competency 3: Derive logical conclusions for inferential statistical calculations.
• Derive logical conclusions for inferential statistical calculations.
• Competency 4: Solve problems in your personal and professional life by applying statistical procedures.
• Interpret statistical analysis of data to explain the meaning of the survey results.
• Explain the significance of survey results to research goals addressing an issue in one’s personal or professional life.
• Competency 5: Evaluate statistical arguments.
• Recommend future study to further examine an issue in one’s personal or professional life.

In Assessments 1–4, you have gone through all steps from proposing a survey to producing and evaluating the survey data. For this assessment, you will analyze and integrate your findings from the previous components in Assessments 1–4. Write your paper from the viewpoint that you are presenting the information to an audience that is interested in your results. Include graphical representations as well as an explanation of descriptive and inferential measures, relating these components to the context of your survey. Only make claims that the data you collected can support.

The goal of your analysis and interpretation is to take the data that was collected and turn it into useful and usable information. Look for lessons that you learned from your data collection and results. What did you learn about the participants? What surprised you? Did you expect any of the results? Are there issues that arose that you did not understand? These may require further, more in-depth research. Discuss any limitations of the study.

• Include a brief summary of your population, sampling techniques, and survey.
• Communicate results, interpretation, and analysis of all assessments, including graphs (circle, bar, histogram), measures of central tendency, measures of variation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

Your paper should contain both a summary of results and an interpretation and analysis of the results. Every survey question should be addressed in your interpretation. You will not be able to comment on every little finding, so you will have to make some judgments about what might be the most interesting or revealing results.

Formatting Instructions

Submit a 5–7 page, double-spaced paper that includes the following sections:

1. Title Page.
2. Brief Overview of Survey. Briefly describe the overall goal of the study, population, sampling techniques, and survey.
3. Findings and Results.Summarize the results of the survey.
• State each question asked and the proportions and sample sizes for the binary questions; and the means, standard deviations, and sample sizes for the quantitative questions.
• State the confidence interval for each question and/or the results of the significance tests for each question.
4. Analysis of Results. Interpret and analyze survey results.
• What did you learn from your survey?
• What conclusions could you reach based on the survey results?
• What surprised you?
• Did you expect any of the results?
• Are there issues that arose that you did not understand?
• How did the study relate to the issue in your personal or professional life that you wanted to examine?
5. Limitations and Constraints of the Study. Consider to what extent the survey gave you reliable information about the population.
• Review whether your questions were clearly stated and unambiguous.
• Explain whether the sample method was appropriate for the type of survey.
• Discuss to what extent the information the data generator produced is realistic.
6. Recommendations for Future Study.What further study would help you examine the issue of interest in this study?

SCORING GUIDE

# Interpretation of Survey Results Scoring Guide

 CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED Interpret summary statistics for all survey questions. Does not interpret summary statistics for all survey questions. Identifies but does not interpret summary statistics for all survey questions. Interprets summary statistics for all survey questions. Interprets summary statistics for all survey questions and provides additional explanations concerning the summaries. Interpret statistical analysis of data to explain the meaning of the survey results. Does not report statistical analysis of data. Reports statistical analysis of data, but does not interpret the meaning of those findings. Interprets statistical analysis of data to explain the meaning of the survey results. Interprets statistical analysis of data to explain the meaning of the survey results and describes the rationale for those interpretations. Derive logical conclusions for inferential statistical calculations. Does not derive conclusions for inferential statistical calculations. Derives conclusions for inferential statistical calculations, but it is unclear if the conclusions are logical. Derives logical conclusions for inferential statistical calculations. Derives logical conclusions for inferential statistical calculations, and justifies those conclusions. Evaluate constraints or limitations of conclusions based on survey results. Does not list constraints or limitations of conclusions based on survey results. Lists but does not evaluate constraints or limitations of conclusions based on survey results. Evaluates constraints or limitations of conclusions based on survey results. Evaluates constraints or limitations of conclusions based on survey results and explains how changes in study design might have strengthened the statistical arguments supporting those conclusions. Explain the significance of survey results to research goals addressing an issue in one’s personal or professional life. Does not identify a relationship of survey results to research goals. Identifies a relationship of survey results to research goals, but does not explain their significance to address an issue in one’s personal or professional life. Explains the significance of survey results to research goals addressing an issue in one’s personal or professional life. Explains the significance of survey results to research goals addressing issues in one’s personal or professional life and proposes additions or changes to the study that would help increase the value of the results. Recommend future study to further examine an issue in one’s personal or professional life. Does not recommend future study. Recommends future study but does not explain its usefulness for further examination of an issue in one’s personal or professional life. Recommends future study to further examine an issue in one’s personal or professional life. Recommends future study to further examine an issue in one’s personal or professional life and provides a rationale for why this is appropriate.

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