(50) Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation

Session Number: 50
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Donna M Mertens [Professor Emeritus - Gallaudet University]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (02:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
Room: International South 4

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract:  Developments in the use of mixed methods have extended beyond the practice of combining surveys and focus groups. The sophistication of mixed methods designs in evaluation will be explained and demonstrated through illustrative examples taken from diverse sectors and geographical regions. Mixed methods designs will include major types of evaluation: Effectiveness of interventions, instrument development, policy evaluation, and systematic reviews. The designs will be tied to the major branches in evaluation as defined by Alkin (2013) and Mertens and Wilson (2012). Participants will have the opportunity to create mixed methods designs using evaluation vignettes for each type of evaluation.