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.

Variations in Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs

Variations in Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs

Gender-responsive evaluation methodology and techniques are those that allow for both the substantive assessment of gender equality issues and those that seek to ensure that evaluation practice itself is gender-responsive in its processes. Some key aspects that can be included to improve the gender-responsiveness . . . include: Requiring the use of mixed-methods approach and gender disaggregation of evaluative evidence. (UN Women, 2015)

In This Chapter

  • Mixed methods designs and gender-responsive evaluation
  • Mixed methods designs and Indigenous evaluation
  • Mixed methods designs using universal design with persons with disabilities and Deaf persons
  • Mixed methods designs and developmental evaluation
  • Mixed methods designs and needs assessment
  • Mixed methods designs and visual data: spatial data and arts-based evaluation
  • Mixed methods designs in conflict zones

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