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Rapid Qualitative Inquiry: A Field Guide to Team-Based Assessment / Edition 2

Rapid Qualitative Inquiry: A Field Guide to Team-Based Assessment / Edition 2

by James Beebe


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Rapid Qualitative Inquiry: A Field Guide to Team-Based Assessment / Edition 2

Practitioners in need of timely results for program and policy planning—and students looking for realistic research projects—will find solutions in Rapid Qualitative Inquiry (RQI), a team-based,
applied research method designed to quickly develop an insider’s perspective on and preliminary understanding of complicated “on-the-ground” situations.

In this accessible field guide to RQI, James Beebe provides an introduction to research that substitutes teamwork for long-term fieldwork; uses iterative data collection, data analysis, and additional data collection; triangulates data from multiple sources; and applies techniques and concepts from ethnography and case study research. Extensive examples make clear that “rapid”
does not mean “rushed” and that rigorous RQI depends upon flexibility rather than an arbitrary list of techniques. Throughout, Beebe’s clear prose guides interdisciplinary readers through the process, promise, and potential pitfalls of RQI.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759123205
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/24/2014
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Beebe, retired professor of leadership studies at Gonzaga University and director of the Center for Rapid Qualitative Inquiry, is a social activist and an applied social scientist whose more than twenty years of experience includes service as a foreign service officer with USAID, researcher, and consultant in developing countries. He is currently a visiting researcher in the anthropology department at Portland State University.

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents
List of Tables and Figures
Preface to the Second Edition
1—The Basic Concepts of Rapid Qualitative Inquiry (RQI)
2—Getting the Insiders’ Perspectives
3—Data Collection—Multiple Data Sources
4—Iterative Analysis and Additional Data Collection
5—Teamwork for Data Collection and Data Analysis
6—Credibility and Trusting RQI
7—Technology for Improving and Speeding Up RQI, by Lauren Angelone
8—Who Benefits, Who Pays, and Who Calls the Tune
9—Rapid Research and the RQI Family Tree
10—Key Points Relating to Rigor and the Future of RQI
Appendix A—Executive Summary, Community College RAP/RQI
Appendix B—Executive Summary, Polish State Farms RAP/RQI
Appendix C—RQI Training for Practitioners and Students
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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