Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Integrating qualitative research methods into economic evaluation: Practical applications

Session Number: 2498
Track: Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits, and Economics
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: "hard to reach" populations, Case Management, cost analysis, democracy, economic evaluation, economics, international development evaluation, Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Orphans and Vulnerable Children
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Stacie Gobin, MPH [Senior Health Economist - MEASURE Evaluation/Palladium]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Shaylen Foley [MEL Specialist - Palladium]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: CC - 7

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Economic evaluation methods are often thought of as solely quantitative. Using qualitative data to support partial economic evaluation methods offers a novel opportunity for enriching outputs. This demonstration will review the approach used to design, collect, and analyze data from Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programs across six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers from the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation Project used a parallel data gathering approach, collecting retrospective program financial data while simultaneously conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with 180 program staff and case workers across national, sub-national, and community levels. Researchers found that conducting a mix-method economic evaluation was feasible in the context of international development program evaluation, providing enriched findings and a new lens for interpreting cost per beneficiary data. The demonstration will orient participants to the mixed-methods approach and provide concrete examples and steps for applying it in the context of program evaluation.



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