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.

Mixed Methods Research in an International Context

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Demand for policy and program evaluation research has been rapidly expanding in international contexts, with collaborative efforts such as the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) joining other nongovernmental organizations (e.g., the World Bank, UNICEF, Inter-American Development Bank, and International Food and Policy Research Institute, to name a few) in actively supporting and extending evaluation work across regions and sectors. There is also an increasing emphasis on the use of randomized controlled trials for identifying impacts of social programs (i.e., in education, health, and social protection sectors), although many evaluation efforts necessarily mix qualitative and quantitative methods to describe and understand program implementation and its relationship to program impacts. Moreover, there is growing recognition of the value ...

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