Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs, a Curriculum on Intermediate Concepts and Practices: Participants’ Guide


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Author(s): Fehringer, J.A., Pilar Torres-Pereda, P., Dako-Gyeke, P., Archer, E., Mejia, C., Millar, L., Schriver Iskarpatyoti, B., Bobrow, E.A.

Year: 2018


Fehringer, J.A., Pilar Torres-Pereda, P., Dako-Gyeke, P., Archer, E., Mejia, C., Millar, L., Schriver Iskarpatyoti, B., Bobrow, E.A. (2018). Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs, a Curriculum on Intermediate Concepts and Practices: Participants’ Guide. Chapel Hill, NC, USA: MEASURE Evaluation, University of North Carolina.
Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs, a Curriculum on Intermediate Concepts and Practices: Participants’ Guide Abstract:

Health organizations around the globe regularly make evidence-based decisions for effective health programming. Qualitative evaluation fulfills an important role in rigorous evaluation of programs. The strength of qualitative evaluation is its ability to provide valuable insight into complex issues, which quantitative methods may not provide. Qualitative data sources can answer the “why” behind program successes or challenges. Additionally, qualitative data illuminate the uniquely human side of health programming and bring to light important contextual factors, such as culture, gender, or societal norms. Qualitative evaluation may be used to complement quantitative data, answer a question not accessible quantitatively, or provide a cost-effective data source when one would not otherwise be available.

This course is meant to assist health professionals in using qualitative evaluation skills in sound and rigorous evaluation of their programs. The sessions go beyond basic concepts to explore important considerations of qualitative methods in the context of rigorous evaluation. Through session content and participatory exercises, participants will gain basic skills in rigorous qualitative data collection, analysis, and use.

This participants’ guide contains handouts and information the participants will need throughout the course. The course consists of 12 sessions covering intermediate level skills and knowledge in qualitative evaluation. The course curriculum is designed for participants who have a basic knowledge of program evaluation and qualitative methods. The intended audience is professionals from the monitoring and evaluation and health and development fields. The syllabus provides an overview of the ten-day (8.5 working days) training workshop, including presentations, facilitator and participant guides, practical sessions, case studies, and sample agendas.

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