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Approaches in Qualitative Evaluation

Evaluation research is concerned with establishing and understanding the effects of interventions in a variety of policy, programming and organisational settings.  Such research is often oriented primarily towards summative evaluation, or towards quantifying the effects of interventions using numeric input and outcome data.  In many cases, however, in order to explore the mechanisms through which interventions have effects in particular contexts complementary qualitative evaluation approaches are required.  This workshop will introduce key approaches in qualitative evaluation, the purposes of these various approaches, the methods involved, and how they can be used in conjunction with more conventional summative evaluation approaches.

Instructor profile

Alasdair Jones is Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology and the Director of the MSc Social Research Methods at the Department of Methodology, LSE.  He is an interdisciplinary scholar and methodologist with particular expertise in the fields of urban studies and programme evaluation. Underpinning his research – which has been funded by ESRC, NCRM, NIHR, UKPRP and the US-UK Fulbright Commission – is a guiding theoretical interest in exploring (using qualitative methods) disconnects between policy expectations/design intentions and practices.

Alasdair teaches or has taught on a range of postgraduate research design and qualitative research methods courses at the LSE.  These include: Fundamentals of Social Science ResearchDesignResearch Design for Studies in Digital InnovationResearch Methods for Evaluation in Health, Development and Public PolicyQualitative Research MethodsDoing Ethnography; and Advanced Qualitative Research Workshops.  In addition, he has co-taught the NCRM short course and the Ethnographic Methods and Practice course for the LSE Methods Summer School.  Alasdair has degrees in Geography (BA [Hons]) and Sociology (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge and he received his ESRC-funded PhD from the LSE’s Department of Sociology (Cities Programme).