European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database



Quantitative and qualitative evidence


Numerical information is used to provide quantitative evidence, while qualitative evidence is based on observation and judgement and deals with meanings. Qualitative evidence is usually provided by experts or people considered by virtue of their training or work experience to be appropriately qualified to make such assessments.


For a guidance service, numerical evidence might be, for example, the number of clients using the service, their ratings of satisfaction with the service, or the number who obtained employment; while qualitative evidence might be provided by interviews with clients about their experience of using the service carried out by an independent researcher.


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