Application Review Instructions and Form

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An application is one or a set of technologies that solves user problems, for example, Microsoft Word or Excel.  An application does more than just provides information.  For example, a spreadsheet does more than present information in rows and columns.   It allows users to easily change one cell and it quickly recalculates all related rows and columns.  An assessment application can customize, administer, score, and interpret a clinical assessment.  Some applications are rather simple, for example, the application by Youth For Tomorrow that finds a good out of home placement for kids.  Others are very complex, for example, a management information system for an agency. 

Applications that you review should allow you to test out the application by entering in information.  Do not review applications that only allow you to see a few input and output screens from the web without entering in information such as fake client data, since you cannot get a good idea of how the application operates by just looking at screens.  Applications can run from one's hard drive or from the Web.  Those that run from the hard drive require you to download a program, install it, and then run it.  Those that run from the Web allow the user to interact with the application without downloading.  For example, some statistical packages, like SPSS, require that you install the application on your computer, whereas web based statistical packages such as SISA run statistical tests directly from the web.  You may need to search the web for useful applications. 

For some applications to review, see http://wweb.uta.edu/faculty/schoech/cussn/diskcopy/diskcopy.htm.  Acceptable applications are those with a * behind them.  If you find a good applications to review that is not on this link, send the URL to the class listserv for others to consider.  I have a file of some applications that the class found interesting and relevant.  Be sure to discuss the relevance of these for the human services in your analysis.  Sharing information is one of the ways to earn class participation points.  One source of software is from the software review section of my journal, JTHS, although applications are getting more and more complex for review by any one person.  You can substitute a generic advanced technology application and use the form below to discuss its relevance to the human services.  However, check with me prior to your review to see if I agree that the advanced application is relevant to the human services.   


Reviewer.

Application Review Number (Number 1-5): 

Email address to send grade to: 

Application name.

Source/URL (cut & paste for accuracy).

Description of the application. Write about 25 words describing the application. Put an * behind 5 key words in the description. The description will illustrate you know what the applications claims to do and have examined all of its features.  Note that just quoting the application promotional literature is often misleading.  For demos, write up this review as if you were reviewing the real product if possible


Rating of the Application

Does the application achieve its goals?

Yes 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 No

Is the application easy to use?

Yes 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 No

Does the application handle user errors well?

Yes 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 No

Is good documentation and help available?

Yes 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 No

Does the application make good use of technology?

Yes 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 No

Is the application of high quality?

Yes 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 No

Is the application useful for the human services?

Yes 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 No

List two things you liked most about the application.


List two things you liked least about the application.


Your analysis (How this application could (or could not) be used by human service practitioners--60+ words.  Indicate if the application you reviewed was online or if you downloaded a demo or trial version.  If applicable, include your opinion about the quality of the application, e.g., supporting research that it actually does what it claims, whether you would recommend or use it and how.  Also, you should be thinking how this type of application might relate to the problem you identified that will be the focus of your investigation in your papers this semester). 


Grading Criteria: (1) Understanding of the application, its capabilities, and its problems; (2) quality of the critique/review; and (3) connecting the concepts presented in the review to human services problems, i.e., who could use it, how, and with what benefits and problems.

Due to this web site being moved to a new server, this form is not saving.  Please use the form, but when you have entered all the information, copy the form and paste your copy into Word and save it.  Once you know it is saved coprrectly, you should be able to paste the copy into an email and send it to me.  If saving fails, print this page with the completed information for your files.  I am sorry for the inconvenience, but the helpdesk is trying to find a place on the server where my forms will work.    Also, save or print a copy of the application review I email you with your grade in case there is any question about reviews completed, grades, etc.

 


Copyright 2006 [D. Schoech]. All rights reserved.
Revised: February 09, 2011