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 Evaluation Designs for Instrument Development

Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs for Instrument Development

Our study’s weighting between quantitative and qualitative phases enabled a more thorough understanding of a complex phenomenon like IPV [interpersonal violence] disclosure in emergency departments that would not have occurred using a RCT alone. (Catallo et al., 2013, p. 9)

The use of qualitative research methods prior to designing and administering a survey will help ensure a more valid survey, open the researcher up to new hypotheses to test, provide a means of exploring mixed analysis techniques, and further review and revise the survey. (Crede & Borrego, 2013, p. 75)

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  • Overview of mixed methods and instrument development
  • Mixed methods designs for instrument development from the Methods branch
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