Qualitative Methods

Attending to nuance with Qualitative Comparative Analysis by Maureen Hawes, Arlene Russell and Jason Altman

Hello! We are Maureen Hawes from the University of Minnesota’s Systems Improvement Group, Arlene Russell, independent consultant, and Jason Altman from the TerraLuna Collaborative. We are writing to share our experience with fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). You may have faced questions similar to ones that we grappled with as evaluators, using quantitative analysis …

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Graphic Recording as an evaluation tool in community engaged research by Clara Pelfrey, Johnine Byrne and Darcy Freedman

Hello! I’m Clara Pelfrey, Translational Research Evaluation TIG past chair and evaluator for the Clinical and Translation Science Collaborative at Case Western Reserve University. I’m joined by graphic recorder Johnine Byrne, owner of See Your Words, and Darcy Freedman, Associate Director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN). We’d like to extend our …

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Lesson Learned: Teaching Trust Alumni Network’s Qualitative Work by Anupama Shekar and Matt Pierson

Hi, we are Dr. Anupama Shekar, Director of Evaluation and Dr. Matt Pierson, Program Officer, Alumni Network at Teaching Trust, an education leadership nonprofit in Dallas, Texas. Teaching Trust offers high-quality training and support to future school leaders, school leadership teams, and teacher leaders to ensure children in low-income schools across North Texas have access to …

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Creating Solid Interview Guides by Laura Sefton and Linda Cabral

Greetings! We are Laura Sefton from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research and Linda Cabral from Care Transformation Collaborative-Rhode Island. When choosing qualitative interviews as the data collection method for your evaluation project, developing an appropriate interview guide is key to gathering the information you need. The interviews should …

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Best of AEA365: Fatima Frank and Greg Lestikow on Using a Participatory Ranking Methodology in Focus Groups for Sensitive Topics

Hello, we are Greg Lestikow, CEO and Fatima Frank, Project Manager of evalû, a small consulting firm that focuses exclusively on rigorous evaluations of social and economic development initiatives.  We champion impact evaluation that maintains academic rigor but is based entirely on our clients’ need to improve strategic and operational effectiveness and increase profitability. In …

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EPE TIG Week: Two Social Justice Lessons for Environmental Program Evaluators by Marti Frank

I’m Marti Frank, a researcher and evaluator based in Portland, Oregon. Over the last three years I’ve worked in the energy efficiency and social justice worlds, and it’s given me the opportunity to see how much these fields have to teach one another. For evaluators working with environmental programs – and energy efficiency in particular …

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Using KUMU for Visualizing Interview Data by Bernadette Wright

Good day, I’m Bernadette Wright, program evaluator with Meaningful Evidence, LLC. Conducting interviews as part of a program evaluation is a great way better understand the specific situation from stakeholders’ perspectives. Online, interactive maps are a useful technique for presenting findings from that qualitative data to inform action for organization leaders who are working to …

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SEA Professional Development Week: Dr. Moya Alfonso on Becoming a Well-Trained Focus Group Moderator

My name is Dr. Moya Alfonso, MSPH, and I’m an Associate Professor at Georgia Southern University and University Sector Representative and Board Member for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA). So you want to be an evaluator but you’re unfamiliar how to moderate focus group discussions – a key qualitative approach involved with formative, process, and …

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Conference Presenters Week: Lynne Franco and Jonathan Jones on Supercharging your focus groups!

We are Lynne Franco: Vice President for Technical Assistance and Evaluation at EnCompass LLC, and Jonathan Jones: Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Advisor with CAMRIS International. Jonathan is also co-chair of AEA‘s International and Cross Cultural TIG. Focus groups are an important tool in the data collection tool box, allowing the evaluator to explore peoples’ …

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2-for-1 Week: Sebastian Lemire on Causation Coding

My name is Sebastian. Before pursuing my PhD at UCLA, I served as a senior evaluation consultant at Ramboll Management – a Copenhagen-based consulting firm. My current interests revolve around research syntheses and causal modeling techniques. A common practice in evaluation is to examine the existing body of evidence of the type of intervention to …

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