Mixed Methods for Policy Research and Program Evaluation by Patricia Burch and Carolyn J. Heinrich equips students, researchers, and policymakers in the social sciences with the tools they need for applying mixed methods in policy research and program evaluation, from design, through data collection, and dissemination. Emphasizing the “how-to”—the set of conceptual and active tasks carried out by mixed methods researchers—the book is illustrated with rich case studies from the authors’ own research projects in education and public policy. These examples help readers identify and explain policy and program impacts and better understand the “why” and “how” of observed effects. Throughout the book, the authors describe challenges that both beginners and advanced scholars are likely to encounter when doing mixed methods research and recommend practical tools available to address them.
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About the Author
Patricia Burch (Ph D, Stanford University) is an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California and studies the drivers and manifestations of private involvement (for profit and not for profit) in K-12 education and the implications for equity and quality in public schools. Over the past decade, Dr. Burch has conducted major studies and evaluations of K-12 education reform such as class size reduction, systemic district instructional reform in large urban school districts, teacher professional development reforms, school choice, and school-linked services. She is the author of several books, including Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization (Routledge, 2009), and Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education, with Annalee Good (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
Carolyn J. Heinrich (Ph D, University of Chicago) is the Sid Richardson professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, affiliated professor of economics, and the director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Heinrich’s research focuses on social welfare policy, workforce development, education, econometric methods for social program evaluation, and public management and performance management. She engages in research and evaluation work to improve education and training outcomes in programs for disadvantaged youth; labor market intermediaries and labor market outcomes for low-skilled and disadvantaged workers; healthcare systems transformation and their implications for the disadvantaged; and poverty reduction programs. She regularly consults and collaborates with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations on program evaluations and in improving program and policy design and program effectiveness. In 2004, Heinrich received the David N. Kershaw Award for distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management by a person under age 40, and in 2010, she was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration. Prior to her appointment at the University of Texas in July 2011, she was the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Demand for and Value of Fully Integrated Qualitative and Quantitative Research The Role of Mixed Methods Research in Meeting the Demand for Evidenced-Based Policy and Practice What Distinguishes This Book in the Mixed Methods Literature Overview of Remaining Chapters Recommendations for How to Use This BookChapter 2: Conceptualizing Mixed Methods Research Introduction Rationale and Conditions for Mixed Methods Research Categorizing Mixed Methods Approaches Overview of a Fully Integrated, Mixed Methods Research Effort Discussion Questions Applications to Your Own WorkChapter 3: Designing and Implementing Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research Introduction Integration in Research Objectives and Design Integration in Instrumentation Design and Data Collection Integration in Data Analysis and Interpretation of Findings Integration in Dissemination of Research Findings Discussion Questions Applications to Your Own WorkChapter 4: Practical Tools for Integrated Mixed Methods Studies of Policy Implementation Introduction Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #1: Bridging Research Instruments for Qualitative and Quantitative Integration Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #2: Mixed Methods Coding and Analysis Memoing Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #3: Adapted Monitoring Tool and Research Reviews Mixed Methods Integration Strategy #4: Research-to-Practice Collaborative Conclusion Discussion Questions Applications to Your Own WorkChapter 5: Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research in K-12 and Higher Education in the United States Introduction Program Evaluation of Student Achievement Guarantee in Education Racial and Ethnic Inequity in Access and Successful Student Outcomes in Higher Education Challenges and Strategies for Addressing Challenges Discussion Questions Applications to Your Own WorkChapter 6: An Application of Fully Integrated Mixed Methods in Program Development and Evaluation Introduction Program and Evaluation Motivation Pilot Program Development for Child Support Debt Reduction Demonstration Program Rollout and Early Evaluation Focus Impact Evaluation Findings and Their Interpretation and Use Conclusion Discussion Questions Applications to Your Own WorkChapter 7: Mixed Methods Research in an International Context Introduction Child Support Grant Impact Evaluation in South Africa Qualitative-Quantitative Integration Process in the CSG Impact Evaluation Benefits of a Tightly Integrated Qualitative-Quantitative Research Approach Conclusion Discussion Questions Applications to Your Own WorkChapter 8: On the Future of Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research: Context and Common Lessons From the Cases for the Field How Context Matters Broader Lessons for the Field Concluding Thoughts