Hi, Donna M. Mertens, PhD here, member of AEA since its first day. Like many evaluators, I intuitively started using mixed methods because it made sense for the programs I was evaluating. Interest in addressing complex problems has spurred a growing interest in innovations in mixed methods and some funding agencies are recommending their use.
Mixed methods research is an expanding area of interest for researchers across many disciplines because researchers face many complex problems that seem to defy solutions. Evaluators can benefit from learning about the history of the emergence of mixed methods and current resources to increase their understandings. Mixed methods approaches offer researchers an exciting opportunity to explore new combinations of methods in diverse contexts: the design possibilities are endless and can be incorporated in many different approaches. Evaluators can benefit from exploring case studies that illustrate different philosophical lenses for mixed methods design, including post-positivism, constructivism, pragmatism, transformative, Indigenous, and dialectical pluralism.
I will present a workshop at American Evaluation Association annual conference 2021 on mixed methods that looks at innovative designs and how mixed methods evaluation can contribute to a more just and equitable future.
- Identify the components of mixed methods designs in evaluation for the purpose of determining intervention effectiveness.
- Using a case study, the participants will apply the concepts of mixed methods design for a specific context.
- Determine the applicability of different approaches to mixed methods design in evaluation in their own work.
- Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation workshop at AEA2021
- A Transformative Evaluation Toolkit developed for Impact Investing
- Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology 5th ed.
- Program Evaluation Theory and Practice
- Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation
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