I'm working on my dissertation which is a multiple case study examining the use of performance information. My dissertation chair states that I need to use confirmatory factor analysis (CFA); however, after months of learning SPSS and completing other analyses through the system, I have just found out that CFA cannot be completed in SPSS without AMOS, and my school does not support AMOS.
I've been working with a committee member and have been examining 2 and 3 factors related to my dependent variables which would help examine the underlying dimensions and associations with each factor but I'm concerned that I'll still be required to use CFA and have to learn a new statistical system.
So my questions are:
- Can exploratory factor analysis (EFA) be conducted on dependent variables? and
- Is there a strong argument to use EFA over CFA?