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Mixed Methods for Policy Research and Program Evaluation



© 2016 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This practical text equips students, researchers, and policymakers in the social sciences with the tools they need for applying mixed methods in policy research and program evaluation, from design, through data collection, and dissemination. Emphasizing the “how-to”—the set of conceptual and active tasks carried out by mixed methods researchers—the book is illustrated with rich case studies from the authors’ own research projects in education and public policy. These examples help readers identify and explain policy and program impacts and better understand the “why” and “how” of observed effects. Throughout the book, the authors describe challenges that both beginners and advanced scholars are likely to encounter when doing mixed methods research and recommend practical tools available to address them.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Demand for and Value of Fully Integrated Qualitative and Quantitative Research
The Role of Mixed Methods Research in Meeting the Demand for Evidenced-Based Policy and Practice  
What Distinguishes This Book in the Mixed Methods Literature  
Overview of Remaining Chapters  
Recommendations for How to Use This Book  
 
Chapter 2: Conceptualizing Mixed Methods Research
Introduction  
Rationale and Conditions for Mixed Methods Research  
Categorizing Mixed Methods Approaches  
Overview of a Fully Integrated, Mixed Methods Research Effort  
Discussion Questions  
Applications to Your Own Work  
 
Chapter 3: Designing and Implementing Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research
Introduction  
Integration in Research Objectives and Design  
Integration in Instrumentation Design and Data Collection  
Integration in Data Analysis and Interpretation of Findings  
Integration in Dissemination of Research Findings  
Discussion Questions  
Applications to Your Own Work  
 
Chapter 4: Practical Tools for Integrated Mixed Methods Studies of Policy Implementation
Introduction  
Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #1: Bridging Research Instruments for Qualitative and Quantitative Integration  
Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #2: Mixed Methods Coding and Analysis Memoing  
Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #3: Adapted Monitoring Tool and Research Reviews  
Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #4: Research-to-Practice Collaborative  
Conclusion  
Discussion Questions  
Applications to Your Own Work  
 
Chapter 5: Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research in K-12 and Higher Education in the United States
Introduction  
Program Evaluation of Student Achievement Guarantee in Education  
Racial and Ethnic Inequity in Access and Successful Student Outcomes in Higher Education  
Challenges and Strategies for Addressing Challenges  
Discussion Questions  
Applications to Your Own Work  
 
Chapter 6: An Application of Fully Integrated Mixed Methods in Program Development and Evaluation
Introduction  
Program and Evaluation Motivation  
Pilot Program Development for Child Support Debt Reduction  
Demonstration Program Rollout and Early Evaluation Focus  
Impact Evaluation Findings and Their Interpretation and Use  
Conclusion  
Discussion Questions  
Applications to Your Own Work  
 
Chapter 7: Mixed Methods Research in an International Context
Introduction  
Child Support Grant Impact Evaluation in South Africa  
Qualitative-Quantitative Integration Process in the CSG Impact Evaluation  
Benefits of a Tightly Integrated Qualitative-Quantitative Research Approach  
Conclusion  
Discussion Questions  
Applications to Your Own Work  
 
Chapter 8: On the Future of Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research: Context and Common Lessons From the Cases for the Field
How Context Matters  
Broader Lessons for the Field  
Concluding Thoughts  

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Patricia E. Burch

Patricia Burch (PhD, Stanford University) is an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California and studies the drivers and manifestations of private involvement (for profit and not for profit) in K-12 education and the implications for equity and quality in public schools. Over the past decade, Dr. Burch has conducted major studies and evaluations of K-12 education reform such as class size reduction, systemic district instructional reform in large urban school districts, teacher professional development reforms, school choice, and school-linked services. She is the author of several books, including Hidden... More About Author

Carolyn Jean Heinrich

Carolyn J. Heinrich (PhD, University of Chicago) is the Sid Richardson professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, affiliated professor of economics, and the director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Heinrich’s research focuses on social welfare policy, workforce development, education, econometric methods for social program evaluation, and public management and performance management. She engages in research and evaluation work to improve education and training outcomes in programs for disadvantaged youth; labor market intermediaries and labor market... More About Author

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