IV-d Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Development Evaluation

This workshop covers the fundamentals of conducting useful, meaningful, and credible qualitative evaluations in development contexts. It includes strategies for selecting cases (purposeful sampling), in- depth interviewing, and qualitative applications for different kinds of evaluations, such as implementation and impact evaluations. It covers cross-program synthesis approaches for generating high-quality lessons learned, participatory approaches, and pragmatic qualitative approaches to doing fieldwork. Participants will gain an understanding of the crucial significance of adapting, evaluating, and understanding interventions holistically within local contexts. The emphasis is on conducting useful and practical evaluations that are appropriate for and adapted to particular intended uses, intended users, development circumstances, and political situations—a contingency-oriented approach. The relationship between monitoring and qualitative evaluation will be examined from this perspective, as well as mixed methods designs and ethical issues in conducting qualitative evaluations in development contexts. New and innovative approaches to qualitative evaluation will be covered. Throughout the workshop, participants will have opportunities to design qualitative evaluations that fit their own circumstances and responsibilities. Participants will receive a copy of Patton’s book: Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods.

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