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Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation
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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.

 
Preface
 
Overview and Map of the Book
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
Bridges  
Time  
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  
 
Glossary
 
Index

“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
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • The new approach of causal knowledge mapping (practical mapping) uses cutting-edge methods to prepare students to meet the growing need for evaluation that responds to community needs and drives meaningful change.
  • Chapter by chapter, the book guides readers through all phases of the research process, with the powerful addition of examining and improving our knowledge map based on the logical structure of the map itself:
    • Learning from stakeholder experience
    • Reviewing existing knowledge in the field
    • Conducting new data collection such as interviews
    • Collaborating with other researchers
    • Facilitating the use of knowledge for communication, collaboration, and action 
  • Ease of use and accessibility for students of all levels of experience ensures that busy students, researchers, and managers can learn what they need to know to use the methods.
  • Class activities and reflections/discussions can be adapted to fit the instructor’s interests, student interests, or a combination.
  • An online teacher’s guide and course syllabus makes it easier for teachers to use the book in courses such as program evaluation, public policy, and research methods courses.
  • “Further Exploration” features at the end of each chapter provides a highly relevant guide for students who want to continue learning.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch 1: Three Dimensions of Knowledge for Solving Complex Problems


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