Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods

Integrating Theory and Practice

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483314812

Category: Social Science

Page: 832

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Drawing on more than 40 years of experience conducting applied social science research and program evaluation, author Michael Quinn Patton has crafted the most comprehensive and systematic book on qualitative research and evaluation methods, inquiry frameworks, and analysis options available today. Now offering more balance between applied research and evaluation, this Fourth Edition of Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods illuminates all aspects of qualitative inquiry through new examples, stories, and cartoons; more than a hundred new summarizing and synthesizing exhibits; and a wide range of new highlight sections/sidebars that elaborate on important and emergent issues. For the first time, full case studies are included to illustrate extended research and evaluation examples. In addition, each chapter features an extended "rumination," written in a voice and style more emphatic and engaging than traditional textbook style, about a core issue of persistent debate and controversy.

How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803931299

Category: Education

Page: 176

View: 605

How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation -- a new volume in the Program Evaluation Kit -- reflects the growing use of qualitative techniques in the evaluation process. The author differentiates the qualitative approach in method and philosophy from more traditional quantitative methods and specifies the kinds of evaluation question for which it is most appropriate. The design decisions and sampling strategies which underlie the method are explained. Patton also includes clearly illustrated step-by-step guides for planning and conducting fieldwork and observations, in-depth interviewing, and analysing, interpreting and reporting results.

Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483360148

Category: Social Science

Page: 688

View: 4316

The Fourth Edition of the bestselling Utilization-Focused Evaluation provides expert, detailed advice on conducting program evaluations from one of leading experts. Chock full of useful pedagogy—including a unique utilization-focused evaluation checklist—this book presents Michael Quinn Patton's distinctive opinions based on more than thirty years of experience. Key Features of the Fourth Edition Provides thoroughly updated materials including more international content; new references; new exhibits and sidebars; and new examples, stories, and cartoons Includes follow-up exercises at the end of each chapter Features a utilization-focused evaluation checklist Gives greater emphasis on mixed methods Analyzes the pluses and minuses of the increased emphasis on accountability and performance measurement in government at all levels Details the explosion of international evaluation Intended Audience Both theoretical and practical, this core text is an essential resource for students enrolled in Program Evaluation courses in a variety of disciplines—including public administration, government, social sciences, education, and management. Practitioners will also find this text invaluable.

Writing Up Qualitative Research

Author: Harry F. Wolcott

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412970113

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 1384

Using lively examples and friendly tips gleaned from his own and other researchers' experiences, and a warm, reflective writing style, Harry F Wolcott offers readers suggestions for writing up qualitative research.

Developmental Evaluation

Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606238868

Category: Psychology

Page: 375

View: 8691

Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws on insights about complex dynamic systems, uncertainty, nonlinearity, and emergence. He illustrates how DE can be used for a range of purposes: ongoing program development, adapting effective principles of practice to local contexts, generating innovations and taking them to scale, and facilitating rapid response in crisis situations. Students and practicing evaluators will appreciate the book's extensive case examples and stories, cartoons, clear writing style, "closer look" sidebars, and summary tables. Provided is essential guidance for making evaluations useful, practical, and credible in support of social change.

Designing Qualitative Research

Author: Catherine Marshall,Gretchen B. Rossman

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483324265

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 7163

Addressing the complexity, flexibility, and controversies of qualitative research’s many genres, Designing Qualitative Research, Sixth Edition gives students, research managers, policy analysts, and applied researchers clear, easy-to-understand guidance on designing qualitative research. While maintaining a focus on the proposal stage, this best-selling book takes readers from selecting a research genre through building a conceptual framework, data collection and interpretation, and arguing the merits of the proposal. Extended discussions cover strategies that researchers can use to address the challenges posed by postmodernists, feminists, and critical race theorists, as well as others who interrogate historical qualitative inquiry. The book also includes thoughtful discussion on trustworthiness and ethics, in addition to dealing with time, resource, and political stressors inherent to the research process. Throughout the book, authors Catherine Marshall and Gretchen B. Rossman emphasize the importance of being systematic but also inspire readers with potential “Aha!” moments and opportunities to do research in close connection with people and communities.

Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

A Pragmatic Approach

Author: David Morgan

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483313662

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 1982

Focusing on research designs for projects that collect both qualitative and quantitative data, David L. Morgan’s Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: A Pragmatic Approach discusses strategies for bringing qualitative and quantitative methods together so that their combined strengths accomplish more than is possible with a single method. The approach is broadly interdisciplinary, reflecting the interest in mixed methods research across the social sciences. In contrast to an “anything goes” approach or a naïve hope that “two methods are better than one,” the author argues that projects using mixed methods must pay even more attention to research design than single method approaches. The book’s practical emphasis on mixed methods makes it useful both to active researchers and to students who intend to pursue such a career. Chapter 1 is available for review on the publisher's website, and provides a comprehensive introduction that is appropriate for assessing the overall content of this informative book.

Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483306976

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

View: 9564

Based on Michael Quinn Patton's best-selling Utilization-Focused Evaluation, this briefer book provides an overall framework and essential checklist steps for designing and conducting evaluations that actually get used. The new material and innovative graphics present the utilization-focused evaluation process as a complex adaptive system, incorporating current understandings about systems thinking and complexity concepts. The book integrates theory and practice, is based on both research and professional experience, and offers new case examples and cartoons with Patton's signature humor.

Qualitative evaluation methods

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 381

View: 9429

Topics in this selection include the definition and recognition of qualitative data, qualitative method strategies, theoretical bases and ideals for qualitative research, and the development of multimodal evaluation designs. The compatibility of qualitative evaluation methods with different evaluation models and processes is presented. Patton sets forth a checklist of evaluation situation for which qualitative methods are appropriate. Part II deals with collecting qualitative data. Covered in this section are such things as strategies and techniques for qualitative interviewing, the stages of fieldwork, the importance of field notes, and various methods of observation. Part III focuses on the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of qualitative data. The emphasis is on deriving useful information which is supported by theory to help in decision-making processes.

Working with Qualitative Data

Author: William Gibson,William J. Gibson,Andrew Brown

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1412945720

Category: Reference

Page: 222

View: 5958

This title provides a practical and accessible introduction to developing and applying strategies for the analysis of qualitative data by exploring the ways in which analysis is related to all aspects of research.

Beginning Qualitative Research

A Philosophical and Practical Guide

Author: Pamela Maykut,Richard Morehouse

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135720738

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 9730

The authors have focused this book on the serious, beginning, qualitative researcher - theoretically rigorous, yet with an understandable perspective.; The book has three main features. First, it provides a strong theoretical base for the understanding of competing research paradigms. Secondly, it features a "methods" section consistent with the non-linear nature of naturalistic inquiry, yet it allows the beginner to see direction. Thirdly, the authors include examples of actual research studies conducted (and completed) in a single year.

Qualitative Research

An Introduction to Methods and Designs

Author: Stephen D. Lapan,MaryLynn T. Quartaroli,Frances J. Riemer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118118855

Category: Education

Page: 400

View: 6827

The authors—noted scholars and researchers—provide an up-to-date guide to qualitative study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Step by step, the authors explain a range of methodologies and methods for conducting qualitative research focusing on how they are applied when conducting an actual study. The book includes methods of data collection, specific approaches to qualitative research, and current issues in the field. Specifically, chapters cover the methods, designs, and analyses related to the methodologies of history, case study, program evaluation, ethnography, autoethnography, narrative, life histories, emancipatory discourses, feminist perspectives, African American inquiry, indigenous studies, and practitioner qualitative research.

Basics of Qualitative Research

Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory

Author: Juliet Corbin,Anselm Strauss

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483315681

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

View: 8437

Offering immensely practical advice, Basics of Qualitative Research, Fourth Edition presents methods that enable researchers to analyze, interpret, and make sense of their data, and ultimately build theory from it. Authors Juliet Corbin and Anselm Strauss (late of the University of San Francisco and co-creator of grounded theory) walk readers step-by-step through the research process—from the formation of the research question through several approaches to coding, analysis, and reporting. Packed with definitions and illustrative examples, this highly accessible book concludes with chapters that present criteria for evaluating a study, as well as responses to common questions posed by students of qualitative research. New end-of-chapter “Insider Insights” contributed by qualitative researchers give readers a sense of what it’s like to work in the field. Significantly revised, this Fourth Edition remains a landmark volume in the study of qualitative methods.

Learning in the Field

An Introduction to Qualitative Research

Author: Gretchen B. Rossman,Sharon F. Rallis

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761926511

Category: Psychology

Page: 369

View: 8546

An introduction to qualitative research provides advice on collecting, organizing, interpreting, and analysing data.

Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research

Author: Deborah K. Padgett

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412951933

Category: Social Science

Page: 281

View: 6177

The Second Edition of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research provides accessible how-to instruction for social work and other practice-based researchers interested in carrying out rigorous and relevant qualitative research. This comprehensive, expanded version offers a sophisticated introduction to qualitative methods based upon six major approaches: ethnography, grounded theory, case study, narrative, phenomenological, and participatory action research. Similar to the earlier edition, this Second Edition is a highly readable introduction to qualitative research that combines attention to methodological rigor with pragmatic concerns for real-world relevance.

Feminist Evaluation and Research

Theory and Practice

Author: Sharon Brisolara,Denise Seigart,Saumitra SenGupta

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462515207

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 2728

This thought-provoking book explores the 'whats,' 'whys,' and 'hows' of integrating feminist theory and methods into applied research and evaluation practice. Illustrative cases drawn from U.S. and international studies address a range of social and health issues. The book provides an overview of feminist theory and research strategies as well as detailed discussions of how to use a feminist lens, practical steps and challenges in implementation, and what feminist methods contribute to research and evaluation projects. Reflections at the close of each section invite the reader to consider key questions and common themes across the chapters. With a focus on social justice models, the book covers ways to conduct feminist research and evaluation in effective, innovative, and culturally competent ways in diverse social and cultural contexts.

Doing Realist Research

Author: Nick Emmel,Joanne Greenhalgh,Ana Manzano,Mark Monaghan,Sonia Dalkin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526451697

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 8091

Bringing together leading theorists, researchers and policy makers with expertise in using realist methods, this book is a definitive guide to putting realist methodologies into practice. Not just an overview of the field, this book looks to extend current debates and apply realist methods to new and practical challenges in social research. Featuring practical, worked examples of how to turn theory into evidence, it empowers readers not just to understand realist methods, but to use them. It will help readers: - Negotiate the complexity of relational systems - Understand the importance and relevance of cumulative theory - Address concerns over data sources and quality - Be flexible and creative in realist approaches - Produce useful evidence for policy. Sophisticated and globally minded, this book is the perfect addition to the ongoing development and application of realist methods across evaluation, synthesis, and social research.

The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication

Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice

Author: John G. Oetzel,Stella Ting-Toomey

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483315428

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 912

View: 1506

This second edition of the award-winning The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication emphasizes constructive conflict management from a communication perspective, identifying the message as the focus of conflict research and practice. Editors John G. Oetzel and Stella Ting-Toomey, along with expert researchers in the discipline, have assembled in one resource the knowledge base of the field of conflict communication; identified the best theories, ideas, and practices of conflict communication; and provided the opportunity for scholars and practitioners to link theoretical frameworks and application tools.

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research

Author: Norman K. Denzin,Yvonna S. Lincoln

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412974178

Category: Mathematics

Page: 766

View: 3614

Now in its fourth edition, this handbook is an essential resource for those interested in all aspects of qualitative research, and has been extensively revised and updated to cover new topics including applied ethnography, queer theory and auto-ethnography.