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 Designs to Evaluate Interventions

Mixed Methods Designs to Evaluate Interventions

All impact evaluations should adopt a theory-based design employing mixed methods. (White, 2013, p. 36)

Mixed methods not only enhance the understanding of the poverty and social impacts of a reform but create space for participation by local stakeholders. (World Bank, 2012, p. 20)

In This Chapter

  • Overview of mixed methods and experimental designs
  • Experimental mixed methods designs from the Methods branch
  • Experimental mixed methods designs from the Values branch
  • Experimental mixed methods designs from the Use branch
  • Experimental mixed methods designs from the Social Justice branch
  • Experimental mixed methods designs from dialectical pluralism

Evaluating Interventions

Scriven (1980) framed the prototypical questions for evaluators as Is x good, bad, or indifferent? How good is x? And is x better than y? What these ...

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