Qualitative inquiry methods and philosophy, with practical real-world applications
Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation brings together evaluation theory and practice to provide an accessible, practical introduction to qualitative evaluation for students, and a useful reference for practicing evaluators. Contributions from leading practitioners describe the design, implementation, and reporting of qualitative evaluations in real-world settings, and case-based examples illustrate the benefits and challenges faced in those settings. Readers learn how qualitative inquiry fits into major evaluation approaches, and gain the skills and knowledge required to produce a high-quality evaluation.
Compiled by active, recognized experts in the field, this book provides a unique insight into the evaluator’s methodological toolbox, as well as utilization techniques that can ease the everyday challenges presented by complicated or nuanced settings. Understand the origins and significance of qualitative inquiry in evaluationConceptualize and implement qualitative inquiry within commonly used evaluation approachesDiscover the key competencies that make an effective qualitative evaluatorLearn how to optimize stakeholder relationships with dialogue and mutual learningExamine strategies for balancing roles and navigating ethical conundrums
Effective evaluation requires a particular skillset and a deep understanding of prominent theory and methodology. Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation draws from the wisdom and experience of industry leaders to provide a comprehensive, practical reference.