Qualitative evaluation methods
Abstract: Patton's Qualitative Evaluation Methods is geared toward the scientific researcher or applied social scientist who wants to expand his or her evaluation repertoire. It is not a "how to" book, but rather it serves as a reference for scholarly exploration of alternatives to strictly quantitative evaluation processes. The book will assist social scientist in determining when it is appropriate to use qualitative methods and how to get useful and valid data. Patton present a flexible approach to the se lection of evaluation methods. It is known as the paradigm of choices: using different methods for different situations. The emphasis is on the importance of understanding the background and context of a situation in order to analyze and interpret data. The text is divided into three parts. Part I is concerned with conceptual issues in the use of qualitative methods for evaluation research.
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