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Causal-comparative/Ex Post Facto Design

Causal-Comparative Research Design Introduction and Focus - While causal research is experimental research designed to compare groups in a more natural way, causal comparative research design attempts to identify causes or consequences of differences in a non-experimental setting.  These differences already exist, and their impact on the outcome is identified by comparing groups. Causal-comparative designs can have different foci: (i) exploration of effects, (ii) exploration of causes, and (iii) exploration of consequence

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