What is qualitative secondary analysis? How can it be most effectively applied in social research? This timely and accomplished book offers readers a well informed, reliable guide to all aspects of qualitative secondary analysis. The book: Defines secondary analysis. Distinguishes between quantitative and qualitative secondary analysis. Maps the main types of qualitative secondary analysis. Covers the key ethical and legal issues. Offers a practical guide to effective research. Sets the agenda for future developments in the subject. Written by an experienced researcher and teacher with a background in sociology, the book is a comprehensive and invaluable introduction to this growing field of social research.

Evaluation Studies

Evaluation studies assess the processes and consequences of innovations in social policy or organisations.

Section Outline: Evaluation studies as applied social research. Measuring and explaining social change. Problems with ‘external’ evaluators. Programme specifications driven by evaluation: ‘measurable outcomes’. Focusing on ‘process’ or ‘outcome’? Working with evaluatees. Evaluating programmes: who is involved; how are they involved; did it work? Power and politics in evaluation. Example: the Health Education Authority.

Evaluative research is undertaken to assess the worth or success of something: a programme, a policy or a project. Social evaluation is not a method or technique like social surveys or participant observation. It is a particular and increasingly common type of applied social research which might employ any of the other research methods discussed in this ...

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