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.

Trends, Challenges, and Advances in Mixed Methods Evaluation

Trends, Challenges, and Advances in Mixed Methods Evaluation

In This Chapter

  • Identifying trends and challenges for the future
  • Improving evaluation theory and practice as illuminated by the multiple mixed methods frameworks used by evaluators
  • Integration and dissemination in mixed methods evaluation

Trends and Challenges for the Future of Mixed Methods

These are exciting times for evaluators expanding their repertoires to include more sophisticated mixed methods designs. As noted in Chapter 1, we are in the early stages of what it means to use mixed methods in a systematic and critically conscious way. This is a time for creativity and divergence of thought, of consideration of possibilities that have not yet been established as standard practice, while at the same time being able to build on what is known about ...

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