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Qualitative Evaluation

Qualitative Evaluation

September 1999 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Looking for a practical introduction to the strategies and methods of qualitative evaluation? Ian Shaw shows how evaluation practice can utilize qualitative approaches to gain an understanding that more traditional quantitative approaches may fail to do.

Three broad sections include discussions of: the foundations of evaluation and recent trends; evaluation and action programmes; and the practice of evaluation (including design, data collection and analysis). Exercises for each chapter show students how to apply the issues, approaches and methods illustrated.

Encountering Qualitative Evaluation
Evaluation Theorists and Qualitative Evaluation
Persuasions and Persuaders

Evidence from Qualitative Evaluation
Values, Validity and the Uses of Evaluation
Evaluating Programmes and Policies
Practitioner Evaluation
Decisions for Evaluation Design
Evaluation in the Field
Establishing Evaluative Claims


`Ian Shaw has written an exceptional new book on the topic of qualitative evaluation... The outgrowth of this work is that both professional researchers and practicing clinicians will be able to use qualitative evaluation in ways they never dreamed of' - International Social Work

`There are few up-to-date introductions to qualitative evaluation, and none that adopts the catholic approach to be found here. As a result, this book will take up an important position in the field' - British Educational Research Journal

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