In this groundbreaking first volume of SAGE’s Evaluation in Practice Series, best-selling author Donna M. Mertens explores the meaning of mixed methods evaluation, its evolution over the last few decades, and the dominant philosophical frameworks that are influencing thought and practice in the field today. Four chapters explore evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions, development of instruments, systematic reviews, and policy evaluations, while an additional chapter covers evaluation approaches often required in specific contexts including gender responsive evaluations, needs assessment, and evaluations in conflict zones. Practical in nature, the book guides readers’ thinking about the design of mixed methods evaluations through the use of illustrative examples and explanations for further applications. SAGE’s Evaluation in Practice Series offers concise, practical books for students and professionals working as evaluators.

Mixed Methods in Evaluation: History and Progress

Mixed Methods in Evaluation: History and Progress

A range of analytic methods is needed, and often several methods—including quantitative and qualitative approaches—should be used simultaneously. (American Evaluation Association, 2013, p. 6)

Sometimes a single method is not sufficient to accurately measure an activity or outcome because the thing being measured is complex and/or the data method/source does not yield data reliable or accurate enough. Employing multiple methods (sometimes called “triangulation”) helps increase the accuracy of the measurement and the certainty of your conclusions when the various methods yield similar results. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011, p. 63)

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  • The scholarship behind methodological choices
  • Definitions of mixed methods in evaluation
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