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Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation

Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation

June 2019 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation is the first book to bring the mapping methodology to social research and program evaluation. Bernadette Wright and Steven E. Wallis guide readers through all phases of the research process: learning from stakeholder experience; reviewing existing knowledge in the field; conducting new data collection such as interviews; collaborating with other researchers; and facilitating the use of knowledge for communication, collaboration, and action. With plenty of illustrations and navigational aids such as “travel tips,” the book is an accessible guide for busy students, researchers, and managers of all levels of experience.
Overview and Map of the Book
About the Authors
Chapter 1 • Three Dimensions of Knowledge for Solving Complex Problems: Meaning, Data, & Logic
Toward Better Maps for Solving Complex Problems

Three Dimensions of Knowledge

Putting the Dimensions Together

Right of Way: Research Ethics

Chapter 1 Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Exploration

Chapter 2 • Meaning: A Collaborative Mapping Approach
The Road Ahead

Uses for Collaborative Mapping

Milestones on the Road to Collaborative Mapping

Dealing With Difficult Dynamics

Gamified Approach to Collaborative Mapping

Case Study: Mapping a Regional Energy Coalition

Chapter 2 Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Exploration

Chapter 3 • Data: Mapping From Related Research and Materials
Uses for Mapping From Existing Research

Steps to Mapping From Existing Research

Mapping From Program Materials

Case Study: Mapping From Program Materials

Chapter 3 Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Exploration

Chapter 4 • Mapping From Your Own Research
The Road Ahead

Developing Research Questions for Better Maps

Specifying Methods to Answer Your Research Questions

Focus on Conducting Interviews

Organizing Your Research Findings

Reporting and Presenting Your Research

Chapter 4 Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Exploration

Chapter 5 • Logic: Evaluating the Structure of Maps
The Well-Built Road

Our Evolving Understanding of Knowledge Maps

Measuring the Structure of Maps

Comparing and Improving Maps

Case Study: Evaluating The Structure of Entrepreneurship Theories

More Views of Structure

Chapter 5 Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Exploration

Chapter 6 • Collaborating With Other Researchers
The Fragmented World of Social Sciences

Putting The Pieces Together

Integration, Acceleration, Solution!

Finding People, Finding Maps

Case Study: Collaboration Among Researchers

Chapter 6 Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Exploration

Chapter 7 • Communication, Collaboration, and Action
The Road Ahead

Tools for Making Maps

Making Presentations

Guiding Conversations Around a Map

Action Planning

Tracking Results

Chapter 7 Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Exploration

Appendix A: Advanced Strategies for Making Maps More Useful


Core and Belt

Looking for Sub-Structures

Travelling From Optimism to Reality

Scale of Abstraction

Reducing Redundancy

Unanticipated Consequences

Inter-Mapper Consistency

Off the Shelf

Further Exploration

Appendix B: Sample Report
Appendix C: Some Research Methods for Building Better Maps
Research Strategies For Finding Data

Research Strategies For Creating and Expanding Maps

Further Exploration


“This book should be in the toolbox for all program evaluators as the focus is on collaborative work with community members and results in action. It is an excellent resource for all researchers who involve community members in solving problems. As an evaluator who works with community members and teaches evaluation at the graduate level, I will use this book as the "go-to resource" for developing maps that can solve complex problems. This book uses a collaborative approach to mapping that can be used in all areas of research.”

Krisanna Machtmes
Ohio University

“This book is a powerful guide to aid researchers and practitioners in decision-making.”

andra Schrouder
Barry University

While I am not using this text as required, I have listed this as an excellent optional text.

Dr Barbara Zwadyk
Education, High Point University
January 7, 2020

Bernadette M. Wright

Dr. Bernadette Wright is founder of Meaningful Evidence, where she helps nonprofits to use social research to make a bigger difference. She works with organizations in the areas of health, human services, housing, and education. She has delivered dozens of evaluation related workshops and webinars at local, national, and international events. Before starting her own business, Dr. Wright was Consultant at The Lewin Group, where she conducted and managed research on aging and disability issues for federal clients. Before that, she was Policy Research Analyst at AARP Public Policy Institute, where she analyzed proposed legislation and... More About Author

Steven E. Wallis

Dr. Wallis was a Fulbright alumnus, international visiting professor, award-wining scholar, and Executive Coordinator at ASK MATT Solutions. An interdisciplinary thinker, his publications covered a range of fields including psychology, ethics, science, management, organizational learning, entrepreneurship, and policy with dozens of publications, hundreds of citations, and many international co-authors. In addition, he supported doctoral candidates at Capella University in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Following a career in corrosion control, he earned his PhD at Fielding Graduate University and took early... More About Author

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