This practical text equips students, researchers, and policymakers in the social sciences with the tools they need for applying mixed methods in policy research and program evaluation, from design, through data collection, and dissemination. Emphasizing the “how-to”—the set of conceptual and active tasks carried out by mixed methods researchers—the book is illustrated with rich case studies from the authors’ own research projects in education and public policy. These examples help readers identify and explain policy and program impacts and better understand the “why” and “how” of observed effects. Throughout the book, the authors describe challenges that both beginners and advanced scholars are likely to encounter when doing mixed methods research and recommend practical tools available to address them.

An Application of Fully Integrated Mixed Methods in Program Development and Evaluation

An Application of Fully Integrated Mixed Methods in Program Development and Evaluation

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Occasionally an opportunity emerges to become involved in the evaluation of a new program from its inception and design through to its implementation and the follow-up of program outcomes and impacts. From our experience, the use of integrated qualitative and quantitative methods is not only valuable in these cases but essential to successful program development and to fully understanding if and how the program is working as intended, the pathways to impacts, and the nature and significance of the results. Researchers with mixed methods skill sets are also advantageous for engaging with program implementers, data managers, those eligible for and participating in the program, and the many other potential stakeholders of a ...

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