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Method Multivariate analysis (DELOS)
Description "As the baseline survey was designed to facilitate the building of a common basis through which each case study could have been analysed in comparative terms, it was decided that a supplementary baseline data analysis has to be set up before the drawing up of the comparative report. In order to so the data were processed through a cluster and multivariate analysis. The methodologies applied for doing that were: first , setting up of aggregate variables and secondly, multivariate tools, such as (i) correlation, (ii) variance and (iii) regression.

The data produced through DELOS field work have been processed and analysed in two steps:

  1. aggregate variables (both for each cluster and for the "cluster of clusters") have been set up, focusing basically on:
  • development trend in the clusters;
  • organisational features of the clusters;
  • learning processes;
  1. multivariate analysis of the data derived from baseline survey, aiming at contributing to analytical and synthesising work involving, for example, interpretative analysis of the case studies and the comparative analysis of the descriptive baseline data carried out according to what above stated." (Sarcina, 1998, pp. 65f.)
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