Riddle me this: How many interviews (or focus groups) are enough?

Emily Namey, R&E Search for Evidence http://researchforevidence.fhi360.org/author/enamey “The first two posts in this series describe commonly used research sampling strategies and provide some guidance on how to choose from this range of sampling methods. Here we delve further into the sampling world and address sample sizes for qualitative research and evaluation projects. Specifically, we address … Continue reading “Riddle me this: How many interviews (or focus groups) are enough?”

Monitoring and Evaluation in Health and Social Development: Interpretive and Social Development Perspectives

Edited by Stephen Bell and Peter Aggleton. Routledge 2016. View on Google Books “interpretive researchers thus attempt to understand phenomena through accessing the meanings participants assign to them” “…interpretive and ethnographic approaches are side-lined in much contemporary evaluation work and current monitoring and evaluation practice remains heavily influenced by more positivist approaches” “attribution is not … Continue reading “Monitoring and Evaluation in Health and Social Development: Interpretive and Social Development Perspectives”

Overview: An open source document clustering and search tool

“Overview is an open-source tool originally designed to help journalists find stories in large numbers of documents, by automatically sorting them according to topic and providing a fast visualization and reading interface. It’s also used for qualitative research, social media conversation analysis, legal document review, digital humanities, and more. Overview does at least three things … Continue reading “Overview: An open source document clustering and search tool”

Process tracing: A list

Understanding Process Tracing, David Collier, University of California, Berkeley. PS: Political Science and Politics 44, No.4 (2011):823-30. 7 pages. Abstract: “Process tracing is a fundamental tool of qualitative analysis. This method is often invoked by scholars who carry out within-case analysis based on qualitative data, yet frequently it is neither adequately understood nor rigorously applied. … Continue reading “Process tracing: A list”

The Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluation

Michael Bamberger, Social Impact Concept Note Series No.1, June 2013 Available as pdf Executive summary “Over the past decade there has been an increased demand for mixed-methods evaluations to better understand the complexity of international development interventions and in recognition of the fact that no single evaluation methodology can fully capture and measure the multiple … Continue reading “The Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluation”

PROCESS TRACING: Oxfam’s Draft Protocol

Undated, but possibly 2012. Available as pdf Background: “Oxfam GB has adopted a Global Performance Framework.  Among other things, this framework involves the random selection of samples of closing or sufficiently mature projects under six outcome areas each year and rigorously evaluating their performance.  These are referred to as Effectiveness Reviews.  Effectiveness Reviews carried out … Continue reading “PROCESS TRACING: Oxfam’s Draft Protocol”

A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Gary Goertz & James Mahoney, 2012 Princeton University Press. Available on Amazon Review of the book by Dan Hirschman Excerpts from his review: “Goertz, a political scientist, and Mahoney, a sociologist, attempt to make sense of the different cultures of research in these two camps without attempting to apply the criteria of one to the … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences”

A move to more systematic and transparent approaches in qualitative evidence synthesis

An update on a review of published papers. By Karin Hannes and Kirsten Macaitis  Qualitative Research 2012 12: 402 originally published online 11 May 2012 Abstract In 2007, the journal Qualitative Research published a review on qualitative evidence syntheses conducted between 1988 and 2004. It reported on the lack of explicit detail regarding methods for … Continue reading “A move to more systematic and transparent approaches in qualitative evidence synthesis”

DFID’s Approach to Impact Evaluation – Part I

[from Development Impact: News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation.  Click here https://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/node/838 to view full story. As part of a new series looking how institutions are approaching impact evaluation, DI virtually sat down with Nick York, Head of Evaluation and Gail Marzetti, Deputy Head, Research and Evidence Division Development Impact … Continue reading “DFID’s Approach to Impact Evaluation – Part I”

M&E Software: A List

2018 03 18 Update: Go to this page for suggestions coming in on how all the software below could be tagged. Please add yours… Well, the beginnings of a list… Please note: No guarantee can be given about the accuracy of information provided on the linked websites about the M&E software concerned, and its providers … Continue reading “M&E Software: A List”