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

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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 curriculum covers a training that is meant to assist health professionals in using qualitative evaluation skills in sound and rigorous evaluation of their program. The 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.

MEASURE Evaluation's Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs Curriculum resources include:

  • Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs, a Curriculum on Intermediate Concepts and Practices: Syllabus, which is available in PDF format.

  • Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs, a Curriculum on Intermediate Concepts and Practices: Facilitators’ Guide, which is available in PDF format.

  • Qualitative Methods in Evaluation of Public Health Programs, a Curriculum on Intermediate Concepts and Practices: Participants’ Guide, which is available in PDF format.

  • PowerPoint presentations for each of the 12 course training workshop sessions.