Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Impact Evaluation and Measuring Results

This paper from the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GRDRC) provides a detailed discussion of using both qualitative and quantitative methods in impact evaluation.


  • The policy context: Tackling the evaluation gap
  • From principles to practice
  • Challenges to doing more and better impact evaluations
  • Opportunities
  • Quantitative and qualitative research: Clarifying the terminology
  • Utilising quantitative and qualitative approaches in impact evaluation
  • Combining methods in impact evaluation
  • Measuring qualitative impacts​
  • Operationalising combined methods for impact evaluation
  • Measuring qualitative impacts 34
  • Governance 34
  • Empowerment 35
  • Social capital 37
  • Social exclusion


Garbarino, S., & Holland, J. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GRDRC), (2009). Quantitative and qualitative methods in impact evaluation and measuring results. Retrieved from website: http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/EIRS4.pdf

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