"Although the experimental group indicated a lower level of knowledge in regards to the topic (Russia’s relationship to OPEC) and expressed a lower level of interest with the topic, both of which were found to be statistically significant, the experimental group was able to arrive at a broader range of possible Courses Of Action (COAs)."
"The average completion time for the control group was 70 minutes and the average time for the experimental group was 58.6 minutes. Therefore, when looking at the big picture, although the experimental group seemed less knowledgeable and less interested, they were able to arrive at a more complete list of relevant possible COAs, and they completed their analysis in less time."
In the end, the study suggests the method has promise and, with Lindsey's results in hand, it has more evidence to back it than many other, more widely taught, methods. I have embedded the full text below or you can download it here."While a few students in the control group provided one or two alternative COAs, the majority of the student-analysts merely provided one COA with few comparisons to any alternatives, thus not providing any insight to whether or not alternative solutions were considered. In the experimental group, the student-analysts, who used MCIM, provided a list of all possible COAs, and identified the importance of specific criterion or various factors to those COAs."
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