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Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods
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Michael Quinn Patton is an independent consultant with more than 40 years experience conducting applied research and program evaluations. He lives in Minnesota, where, according to the states poet laureate, Garrison Keillor, all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average. It was this interesting lack of statistical variation in Minnesota that led him to qualitative inquiry despite the strong quantitative orientation of his doctoral studies in sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 18 years, including 5 years as director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research, where he was awarded the Morse-Amoco Award for innovative teaching. Readers of this book will not be surprised to learn that he has also won the University of Minnesota storytelling competition.
He has authored six other SAGE books: Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Creative Evaluation, Practical Evaluation, How to Use Qualitative Methods for Evaluation, Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, and Family Sexual Abuse: Frontline Research and Evaluation. He has edited or contributed articles to numerous books and journals, including several volumes of New Directions in Program Evaluation, on subjects as diverse as culture and evaluation, how and why language matters, HIV/AIDS research and evaluation systems, extension methods, feminist evaluation, teaching using the case method, evaluating strategy, utilization of evaluation, and valuing. He is the author of Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use and coauthor of Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed, a book that applies complexity science to social innovation. His creative nonfiction book, Grand Canyon Celebration: A FatherSon Journey of Discovery, was a finalist for Minnesota Book of the Year.
He is a former president of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Outstanding Contributions to Useful and Practical Evaluation and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Lifelong Contributions to Evaluation Theory from the American Evaluation Association. The Society for Applied Sociology presented him the Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology.
He is on the faculty of The Evaluators Institute and teaches workshops for the American Evaluation Associations professional development courses and Claremont Universitys Summer Institute. He is a founding trainer for the International Program for Development Evaluation Training, sponsored by The World Bank and other international development agencies each summer in Ottawa, Ontario.
He has conducted applied research and evaluation on a broad range of issues, including antipoverty initiatives, leadership development, education at all levels, ...
Part 1. Framing Qualitative Inquiry: Theory Informs Practice, Practice Informs Theory Chapter 1. The Nature, Niche, and Value of Qualitative Inquiry Module 1. How qualitative inquiry contributes to our understanding of the world Module 2. What makes qualitative data qualitative Module 3. Making methods decisions Module 4. The fruit of qualitative methods: Chapter summary and conclusion Chapter 2. Strategic Themes in Qualitative Inquiry Module 5. Strategic design principles for qualitative inquiry Module 6. Strategic principles guiding data collection and fieldwork Module 7. Strategic principles for qualitative analysis and reporting findings Module 8: Integrating the 12 strategic qualitative principles in practice Chapter 3. Variety of Qualitative Inquiry Frameworks: Paradigmatic, Philosophical, and Theoretical Orientations Module 9. Understanding the Paradigms Debate: Quants versus Quals Module 10. Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry Frameworks Module 11. Ethnography and Autoethnography Module 12. Positivism, Postpositivism, Empiricism and Foundationalist Epistemologies Module 13. Grounded Theory and Realism Module 14 Phenomenology and Heuristic Inquiry Module 15 Social Constructionism, Constructivism, Postmodernism, and Narrative Inquiry Module 16. Ethnomethodology, Semiotics, and Symbolic Interaction, Hermeneutics and Ecological Psychology Module 17 Systems Theory and Complexity Theory Module 18. Pragmatism, Generic Qualitative Inquiry, and Utilization-Focused Evaluation Module 19 Patterns and themes across inquiry frameworks: Chapter summary and conclusions Chapter 4. Practical and Actionable Qualitative Applications Module 20. Practical purposes, concrete questions, and actionable answers: Illuminating and enhancing quality Module 21. Program evaluation applications: Focus on outcomes Module 22 Specialized qualitative evaluation applications Module 23 Evaluating program models and theories of change, and evaluation models especially aligned with qualitative methods Module 24 Interactive and participatory qualitative applications Module 25 Democratic evaluation, indigenous research and evaluation, capacity building, and cultural competence Module 26 Special methodological applications Module 27 A vision of the utility of qualitative methods: Chapter summary and conclusion Part 2. Qualitative Designs and Data Collection Chapter 5. Designing Qualitative Studies Module 28 Design thinking: Questions derive from purpose, design answers questions Module 29 Date Collection Decisions Module 30 Purposeful sampling and case selection: Overview of strategies and options Module 31 Single-significant-case sampling as a design strategy Module 32 Comparison-focused sampling options Module 33 Group characteristics sampling strategies and options Module 34 Concept and theoretical sampling strategies and options Module 35. Instrumental-use multiple-case sampling Module 36 Sequential and emergence-driven sampling strategies and options Module 37 Analytically focused sampling Module 38 Mixed, stratified, and nested purposeful sampling strategies Module 39 Information-rich cases Module 40 Sample size for qualitative designs Module 41 Mixed methods designs Module 42 Qualitative design chapter summary and conclusion: Methods choices and decisions Chapter 6. Fieldwork Strategies and Observation Methods Module 43 The Power of direct observation Module 44. Variations in observational methods Module 45. Variations in duration of observations and site visits: From rapid reconnaissance to longitudinal studies over years Module 46. Variations in observational focus and summary of dimensions along which fieldwork varies Module 47. What to observe: Sensitizing concepts Module 48. Integrating what to observe with how to observ