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Drawing on more than 40 years of experience conducting applied social science research and program evaluation, author Michael Quinn Patton has crafted the most comprehensive and systematic book on qualitative research and evaluation methods, inquiry frameworks, and analysis options available today. Now offering more balance between applied research and evaluation, this Fourth Edition illuminates all aspects of qualitative inquiry through new examples, stories, and cartoons; more than a hundred new summarizing and synthesizing exhibits; and a wide range of new highlight sections/sidebars that elaborate on important and emergent issues. For the first time, full case studies are included to illustrate extended research and evaluation examples. In addition, each chapter features an extended "rumination," written in a voice and style more emphatic and engaging than traditional textbook style, about a core issue of persistent debate and controversy.
EventWebinar16th February, 2015 to 25th February, 2015OnlinePaid
Presented by Scott Chaplowe, this eStudy introduces six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system: 1) Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system; 2) Plan for data collection and management; 3) Plan for data analysis; 4) Plan for information reporting and utilization; 5) Plan for M&E human resources and capacity building; 6) Prepare the M&E budget. This 6-step approach has been designed to guide programming at the community, regional and national levels. While informed by international programs/projects, it is also very appropriate for domestic (US) programs and projects – wherever M&E is needed for reliable and useful information and reporting to inform for program management and uphold performance accountability.
Synonyms:tag cloudEvaluation Option
Word clouds or tag clouds are graphical representations of word frequency that give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in a source text. The larger the word in the visual the more common the word was in the document(s). This type of visualization can assist evaluators with exploratory textual analysis by identifying words that frequently appear in a set of interviews, documents, or other text. It can also be used for communicating the most salient points or themes in the reporting stage.
This white paper by UN Global Pulse examines the use of Big Data in development contexts. Using a number of examples, it highlights how this data type can be leveraged to provide early warnings of disruptions and crises, and can give real-time awareness and feedback of situations and interventions. It also delves into a conversation about the implications of Big Data use.
BetterEvaluation FAQ: How do you go about analyzing data that has been collected from respondents via a questionnaire?Blog1st September, 2016
Using Social Media for Public Engagement Evaluation and Feedback: Analysing Quality of Public Engagement Experience Data from Tripadvisor and TwitterEventWorkshop8th March, 2016United KingdomPaid
Have you begun thinking about analysing social media for feedback and evaluation about your organisation and its activities? This publicly available source of data can offer great value in terms of gaining insights into the views and experiences of your customers and audiences. However, social media also bring with them specific methodological and practical issues that must be taken into account to gain accurate evaluation results. This workshop presents cutting edge knowledge about such data, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different options. The event provides practical solutions alongside important ‘health warnings’ about the limitations of this kind of data.
EventWebinar14th June, 2016OnlinePaid
Data parties (also known as sense-making sessions, results-briefings, and data-driven reviews) play an important role in promoting evaluation use, but there is little information available on how to conduct one. In this interactive webinar learn how to facilitate participatory analysis and organize a data party, as well as tips and techniques that set the stage for success.