Qualitative data allows you to look for similarities across several accounts, i
data allows you to look for similarities across several accounts, interviews, and/or documents. Examining interview transcripts, observation field notes, or open-ended survey questions for patterns and
themes involves categorizing your notes into recurring topics that seem
relevant to your evaluation questions. This is often done by first reading through your materials to identify themes and patterns. The next step is to organize your material in such a way will make it easier
to locate patterns, then illustrate patterns via graphics or tables.
If you have identified a topic, issue, or case that you will be using for your Evaluation Plan/Proposal – you can respond to questions below focusing on your selected topic. What is your view on the qualitative versus quantitative debate in program evaluation? Which one do you believe is more useful? Why? Please
Discuss at least three of the differences between qualitative and quantitative evaluations.
Miles et al. (2014) outline 13 ways of testing and confirming qualitative findings, included in Table 5.11. The textbook authors denote the most useful of these 13 ways as (1) triangulating data sources and (2) getting feedback from informants. Do you agree that these are the most useful? Why or why not? Please explain.
What is the difference between open-ended and closed-ended questions? Give an example of each?
What are the five key points (among others) to keep in mind in conducting qualitative interviews? Please explain.