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EVALUATING THE QUALITY & COMPLETENESS OF EVIDENCE

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EVALUATING THE QUALITY & COMPLETENESS OF EVIDENCE
Testimonial
A written or oral recounting by someone about an event, a product or service etc.
THANK YOU
What is Evidence?
Facts or physical signs that help to prove something (Macmillian Dictionary, 2014)
Kishon Francis
Greg Hosten
Types of Evidence
• Statistical
• Testimonial
• Anecdotes
• Analogical

Statistical
Evidence based on numbers which can prove if a theory or argument is true
Example: The revision of Lecturers at the closing of each semester
Example: A customer testifying about the effective and reliable service offered at Digicel
Anecdotal
Evidence that is based on someone's observations.
Most times untrue and meaningless
Example: Ms. Waldron is lecturing at SGU so she should be driving a BMW by now
Analogical
Mostly used when doing a research topic
Example: Assessing and evaluating this topic being presented
Sources
Magazines
Journals
Database
Newspaper
Books
Television
The internet
Radio
Word of mouth
Credibility
Trusted
Effective
Reliable
Valid
Generalized
Basic Steps of Evidence Evaluation
Is the evidence adequate and representative?
• There should be a number of examples, so that we figure out the pattern.
• Surveys should always be in vast amount

Basic Steps of Evidence Evaluation
Is it relevant?
• Ask yourself, "Does the evidence fits the argument brought forward?"
• Does it really serve the purpose or is it taken out of context?

Basic Steps of Evidence Evaluation
Is the source of the evidence credible?
• Is the source of the evidence credible?
• Is the source a professional, peer-reviewed journal?
• If a website, who is the owner/author of the website?
• Does the source of the quotes or statistics have an interest in the matter?
• Do other credible sources refer to this source?

References
Macmillian Dictionary. (2014). Evidence definition. Retrieved from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/evidence
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http://www.csuchico.edu/~egampel/students/evaluating.html

Ashley Troxell
Mar 07, 2012
http://www.slideshare.net/ashleytroxell/analyzing-and-evaluating-arguments

Michael Dembrow, Instr.
March, 31, 2014
http://spot.pcc.edu/~mdembrow/wr122evaluatingevidence.htm
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