Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Innovative Approaches in Qualitative Inquiry

Session Number: Qual3
Track: Qualitative Methods
Session Type: Multipaper
Session Chair: Eric Barela [Salesforce Foundation]
Presenter 1: Gail Vallance Barrington, PhD, FCMC, CE [Barrington Research Group, Inc.]
Presenter 2: Carl Johan Lagerkvist [Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Dr. Sharla King [University of Alberta]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Sandra Woodhead Lyons BSc (HEc), PHEc [Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (01:00 PM - 01:45 PM)
Room: Burnham

Abstract 1 Title: The One-Question Focus Group: An AI Evaluation Strategy in Long-term Care
Presentation Abstract 1: The learning circle is a capacity-building activity based on well known concepts in adult learning, reflective practice, and quality circles but this low-cost learning model has not been well studied. In 2014 a previously successful pilot project was expanded from 3 to 13 learning circles across Alberta. The low-impact strategies used in the pilot evaluation were grounded in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) (Preskill and Catsambas, 2006).
The turbulent and under-resourced health care environment challenged the conduct of the learning circles themselves so it was not surprising that management deemed it impossible to find additional time for evaluation activities. The evaluation team carved out a ten-minute portion of two of the six precious hour-long learning circles to obtain group feedback. Standard focus group methodology was adapted to a one-question format based on the AI model. Examples of the data obtained will be shared and the utility of this modified approach discussed.
Abstract 2 Title: Using Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique to Map Beneficiaries' Experiences and Values
Presentation Abstract 2: Using a case example of an innovative sanitation solution in a slum setting, we explore the utility of Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique in a program planning and evaluation context. Using a qualitative image-based method to map people's mental models of ill-structured problems such as sanitation can aid program planners and evaluators in understanding how a program can fit the reality of beneficiaries. The technique is a tool for exploring what beneficiaries think about specific problems a program is aimed at solving and what are their underlying beliefs. The results offer a comprehensive hierarchical value map of different types and levels of insights into parents' thoughts and feelings about school sanitation and their child's well-being, often expressed as desired values, goals, or end states. In the light of the results, we discuss the strengths and weakness, and the utility of the technique in the given context.
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Innovative Approaches in Qualitative Inquiry

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