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 Systematic Reviews

Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs for Systematic Reviews

Systematic reviews aim to identify, evaluate and summarise the findings of all relevant individual studies, thereby making the available evidence more accessible to decision makers. When appropriate, combining the results of several studies gives a more reliable and precise estimate of an intervention’s effectiveness than one study alone. (Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, 2009, p. v)

Being more explicit about the personal and political in research and increasing the potential for the increased involvement of different sections of society nationally and internationally is an important goal for systematic reviews. (Gough, Oliver, & Thomas, 2012, p. 13)

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  • Overview of mixed methods and systematic reviews
  • Mixed methods designs for systematic reviews from the Methods branch
  • Mixed ...
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