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QUALITATIVE EVALUATION CHECKLIST

By Michael Quinn Patton

Abstract

The purposes of this checklist are to guide evaluators in determining when qualitative methods are appropriate for an evaluative inquiry and factors to consider (1) to select qualitative approaches that are particularly appropriate for a given evaluation’s expected uses and answer the evaluation’s questions, (2) to collect high quality and credible qualitative evaluation data, and (3) to analyze and report qualitative evaluation findings. 1. Determine the extent to which qualitative methods are appropriate given the evaluation’s purposes and intended uses. 2. Determine which general strategic themes of qualitative inquiry will guide the evaluation. Determine qualitative design strategies, data collection options, and analysis approaches based on the evaluation’s purpose. 3. Determine which qualitative evaluation applications are especially appropriate given the evaluation’s purpose and priorities. 4. Make major design decisions so that the design answers important evaluation questions for intended users. Consider design options and choose those most appropriate for the evaluation’s purposes. 5. Where fieldwork is part of the evaluation, determine how to approach the fieldwork. 6. Where open-ended interviewing is part of the evaluation, determine how to approach the interviews. 7. Design the evaluation with careful attention to ethical issues. 8. Anticipate analysis—design the evaluation data collection to facilitate analysis. 9. Analyze the data so that the qualitative findings are clear, credible, and address the relevant and priority evaluation questions and issues. 10. Focus the qualitative evaluation report

Topics: Evaluation Checklists Project
Year: 2003
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