Qualitative Research Methods for Evaluation
Qualitative Research Methods for Evaluation Course Description
This three-module course will survey the range of qualitative research methods and methodologies that can be applied to program evaluations. The course will begin with an overview of the foundations of qualitative inquiry and their purposes in evaluation. Then, participations will work through the practical aspects of developing evaluation questions, framing instruments, data analysis, and reporting. Topics to include qualitative methods of observation, interview, document analysis, and qualitative methodologies of case study, action research, and ethnography. Classes will take place online via Adobe Connect or Zoom.
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Module 1: Foundations
Participants will learn about research versus evaluation, how research methods and methodologies fit into evaluation, and the relationships between axiology, ontology, epistemology, and methodology. This module will also overview the difference between method and methodology and will overview the goals and purposes of qualitative methods and types of questions that can be answered with qualitative data.
Module 2: Applying Qualitative methods in practice
Module 3: Applying Qualitative methodologies in practice
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