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 Policy Evaluation

Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs for Policy Evaluation

The conception of RCTs as belonging to the highest tier of the hierarchy of evidence, whilst single-case studies, expert opinion and qualitative investigations are placed in the lowest ranks, is not only out of date but also potentially harmful and misleading; if we wish to address real-world issues such as how best to help depressed young people whose difficulties can potentially have long-term consequences, we need to see more mixed methods studies in which qualitative data are nested within RCT designs. (Midgley et al., 2013, p. 136)

Adopting a pragmatic worldview as the philosophical basis in which the research question is the decisive factor for selecting the research methodology—not the paradigm from which the method ...

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