Serendipity and Pseudoscience: A Look at Health-Related Program Evaluation

Douglas Holmes, Jeanne Teresi, Marcia Ory

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This article presents a discussion of the pitfalls of sloppy science as it is applied to the evaluation of human service programs. The differences are examined between use of the scientufic method and trial-and-error approaches to assessment. The major requirementsforsound research are presented, as are the pitfalls and shortcomings associated with a less rigorous approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-378
Number of pages16
JournalEvaluation & the Health Professions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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