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How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation

How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation

December 1987 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation -- a new volume in the Program Evaluation Kit -- reflects the growing use of qualitative techniques in the evaluation process. The author differentiates the qualitative approach in method and philosophy from more traditional quantitative methods and specifies the kinds of evaluation question for which it is most appropriate. The design decisions and sampling strategies which underlie the method are explained. Patton also includes clearly illustrated step-by-step guides for planning and conducting fieldwork and observations, in-depth interviewing, and analysing, interpreting and reporting results.
An Introduction to Qualitative Methods
When to Use Qualitative Methods
Designing Qualitative Evaluations
Fieldwork and Observation
Depth Interviewing
Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Data
Making Methods Decisions
Controversy and Philosophy


A very good book introducing students to qualitative methodology

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
September 30, 2015

Text provided pertinent information that facilitated a clear understanding of the use of qualitative methods in evaluation.

Miss Monica Imelda Miller
Sociology/Social Work Unit, University of Guyana
February 7, 2015

Michael Patton's ' How to use qualitative methods in evalution', written with pedagogic clarity, is bound to become one of the must read in evaluation studies

Dr John Schuster
Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
March 28, 2012

This is the core textbook for my module Evaluating Educational Research & Practice. It is packed full of exercises which are intended to deepen students knowledge & awareness of the issues included in the textbook.

Dr John Stitt
Youth & Community Dev., University of Cumbria
November 13, 2009

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Michael Quinn Patton

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 state’s 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... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780803931299