Effective analysis and interpretation of mixed methods evaluation data

Session Number: 2102
Track: Mixed Methods Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Analysis/interpretation:mixed methods
Session Facilitator: Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas [President and CFO - EnCompass LLC]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Beeta Tahmassebi [Associate Director - EnCompass LLC]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Donna M Mertens [Professor Emeritus - Gallaudet University]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead [Assistant Professor - University of Connecticut ]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: John LaVelle [Assistant Professor - Louisiana State University]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: M102

Other Authors: Kate McKEgg, The Kinnect Group, President
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Evaluators spend proportionally too much time in data collection and analysis, without enough time for reflection and processing before preparation of final evaluation products. In fact, analysis and report preparation are mostly invisible to stakeholders. It is challenging to examine data from various sources, analyzed by different people, and effectively triangulate it to come to the rich narrative the evaluation data can tell. And with the use of newer methods—developmental and transformative evaluation, appreciative inquiry, community statistics etc.—colleagues have focused more on data collection, the visible part. This session focuses on effective strategies to get from the first cut of analyzed data to a coherent narrative that will allow the evaluation report to write itself and the evaluation team to feel comfortable with findings, conclusions and recommendations.  This Think Tank session will explore effective data analysis and reflection approaches as preliminary work on an NDE on this topic.