Qualitative Methods



William M. Weis, Paul Bolton, Anita V. Shankar. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University. CERTI Project. New Orleans, Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer, Tulane University, September 2000 (Draft Working Paper).

World Bank
Qualitative methods for data collection play an important role in impact evaluation by providing information useful to understand the processes behind observed results and assess changes in people’s perceptions of their well-being. Furthermore qualitative methods can be used to improve the quality of survey-based quantitative evaluations by helping generate evaluation hypothesis; strengthening the design of survey questionnaires and expanding or clarifying quantitative evaluation findings. The qualitative methods most commonly used in evaluation can be classified in three broad categories: in-depth interviews observational methods document review

University of Arizona

CERTI, Johns Hopkins University

  • Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods
Patton, M.Q.
1990 Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.

  • The Collection, Analysis, and Use of Monitoring and Evaluation Data
Casley, Dennis and Krishna Kumar
1988 World Bank: Washington DC.

  • Qualitative Data Collection Techniques
Chung, Kimberley
in Margaret Grosh and Paul Glewwe, eds., Designing Household Survey Questionnaires for Developing Countries: Lessons from Ten Years of LSMS Experience. World Bank: Washington, D.C.

  • Designing Qualitative Research
Marshall, Catherine and Gretchen B. Rossman
1995. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

  • How to Use Qualitative Methods in Evaluation
Patton, Michael Quinn
1987. Newbury Park, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

Family Health International
The use of qualitative research to improve reproductive health is the focus of this issue of Network. Such research is guiding research and program design, complementing findings from quantitative studies, and exploring issues that have received little study. Highlighted in this issue are selected research initiatives that illustrate how this qualitative approach is expanding our insight into numerous reproductive health areas. Qualitative research is, for example, examining barriers to both the use of existing contraceptives and the potential use of new contraceptive products. It also identifies factors that impede the provision or use of services designed to prevent, diagnose, and manage sexually transmitted infections; seeks ways to better identify and serve victims of domestic violence; and helps us explore why maternal mortality rates remain unacceptably high in so many settings.
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