Management Analysis in Public Organizations: History, Concepts, and Techniques

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APPENDIX C
Document Review Guide
The purpose of the document review guide is to focus the researcher's examination of MA study reports on the research questions. The kind of information gathered in the document review is very similar to that called for in interviews with the analysts who conducted the study. Each study report will be reviewed prior to the interview with the analyst. The review of the report will familiarize the researcher with the study and, also, provide a check for information collected in the interview.Study reports will contain information relevant to two of the three major areas to be examined: the kind of study and the methods used in conducting the study. Information about the acceptance and implementation of recommendations is typically not included in reports. Study recommendations, of course, are included in reports.The procedure for examining the study reports will be as follows:
1. The researcher will classify the study as to kind using the typology that has been developed.
2. The researcher will describe the methods used in the conduct of the study using the typology for study methods. It is expected that most study reports will provide only partial information about methodology. Most of the information about study methods will come from interviews.
3. The recommendations contained in the report will be classified using the typology of recommendations.

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