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Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation
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Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation



June 2019 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation helps readers become more effective researchers, providing a practical “nuts and bolts” approach to conducting research and evaluating programs to support their continued improvement. Providing clear, direct, and concise instruction on tools for synthesizing research within and between disciplines, this book will enable students to combine data from both qualitative and quantitative research methods, from studies across disciplines, and from both stakeholder experience and academic research. Bernadette Wright and Steve E. Wallis introduce readers to knowledge mapping, a method of visual organization of information that allows for better analysis of research. Knowledge mapping helps students to objectively quantify their knowledge of situations (in the form of theories, or maps), so they can develop more useful knowledge to support and enact positive change in our world. Using real-world case studies and examples, the authors walk students through the creation and integration of maps using collaborative mapping and data from primary and secondary research. With a very practical focus, the authors offer clear text and simple diagrams to show how students may easily interpret those maps to find powerful new insights for practical action, and to identify knowledge gaps that new research could fill. An instructor's manual for implementing the ideas in this book, plus handouts for use in class, are available at https://practicalmapping.com/.

 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
Overview and Map of the Book
 
Chapter 1: Three Dimensions of Knowledge for Solving Complex Problems: Meaning, Data, and Logic
Toward Better Maps for Solving Complex Problems  
Three Dimensions of Knowledge  
Putting the Dimensions Together  
Right of Way: Research Ethics  
Chapter One Key Points  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Further Exploration  
 
Chapter 2: Meaning: A Collaborative Mapping Approach
The Road Ahead  
Uses for Collaborative Mapping  
Milestones on the Road to Collaborative Mapping  
Dealing with Difficult Delays  
Gamified Approach to Collaborative Mapping  
Case Study: Mapping a Regional Energy Coalition  
Chapter Two Key Points  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Further Exploration  
 
Chapter 3: Data: Mapping From Related Research and Materials
Uses for Mapping From Existing Research  
Steps to Mapping from Existing Research  
Mapping from Program Materials  
Chapter Three Key Points  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Further Exploration  
 
Chapter 4: Mapping from Your Own Research
The Road Ahead  
Developing Research Questions for Better Maps  
Specifying Methods to Answer Your Research Questions  
Focus on Conducting Interviews  
Organizing Your Research Findings  
Reporting and Presenting Your Research  
Chapter Four Key Points  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Further Exploration  
 
Chapter 5: Logic: Evaluating the Structure of Maps
The Well-Built Road  
Our Evolving Understanding of Knowledge Maps  
Measuring the Structure of Maps  
Comparing and Improving Maps  
Case Study: Evaluating the Structure of Entrepreneurship Theories  
More Views of Structure  
Chapter Five Key Points  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Further Exploration  
 
Chapter 6: Collaborating with Other Researchers
The Fragmented World of Social Sciences  
Putting the Pieces Together, Again  
Integration, Acceleration, Solution!  
Finding People Finding Maps  
Case Study: Collaboration Among Researchers  
Chapter Six Key Points  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Further Exploration  
 
Chapter 7: Communication, Collaboration, and Action
The Road Ahead  
Tools for Making Maps  
Making Presentations  
Guiding Conversations Around a Map  
Action Planning  
Tracking Results  
Chapter Seven Key Points  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Further Exploration  
 
Appendix A: Advanced Strategies for Making Maps More Useful
 
Appendix B: Sample Report
 
Appendix C: Some Research Strategies for Collecting Data and Improving Maps
 
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