The Institute for Theory Testing

 

The Institute offers a software package that researchers (usually in psychology, social psychology, sociology, management, business, economics, political science, and communication) use to decide whether individual-level data should be aggregated to the group level. Unlike other packages, the user can consider any number of levels in one analysis. For example, in organizational studies the following six levels of analysis can be considered at one time: individual, work group, department, division, organization, and industry.

The software (called DETECT for Windows™ ) assesses the degree to which any bivariate, set of bivariate, or multiple correlations are based on the set of levels of analysis of interest. Essentially, the software performs what is called Within And Between Analysis (WABA). DETECT is compatible with Windows™ 95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP.

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See Fred Dansereau's home page for more information about levels of analysis and references.

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