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How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation

How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation

Volume: 4

December 1987 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduces the reader to qualitative approaches--a major development in the field of evaluation during the last decade. This volume presents an introduction to the approach--differentiates it in the method and philosophy from more traditional quantitative methods; specifies the kinds of evaluation questions for which it is most appropriate; and explains the design decisions and sampling strategies which underlie its implementation. Step-by-step guides for planning and conducting fieldwork and observations; doing in-depth interviewing; analyzing, interpreting and reporting results; and many examples--from a wide range of disciplines and professions--clarify the use of qualitative methods in evaluations.

An Introduction to Qualitative Methods
When to Use Qualitative Methods
Designing Qualitative Evaluations
Fieldwork and Observation
Depth Interviewing
Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Data
Making Methods Decisions
Controversy and Philosophy


A very good book introducing students to qualitative methodology

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
September 30, 2015

Text provided pertinent information that facilitated a clear understanding of the use of qualitative methods in evaluation.

Miss Monica Imelda Miller
Sociology/Social Work Unit, University of Guyana
August 30, 2015

Michael Patton's ' How to use qualitative methods in evalution', written with pedagogic clarity, is bound to become one of the must read in evaluation studies

Dr John Schuster
Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
March 28, 2012

This is the core textbook for my module Evaluating Educational Research & Practice. It is packed full of exercises which are intended to deepen students knowledge & awareness of the issues included in the textbook.

Dr John Stitt
Youth & Community Dev., University of Cumbria
November 13, 2009

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