What is the value of using mixed methods in impact evaluation? What methods and designs are appropriate for answering descriptive, causal and evaluative questions?
The second webinar in this series provides an overview of data collection and analysis methods in an impact evaluation, including how to choose methods to match different types of key evaluation questions, good data management, sampling methods, and the value of using mixed methods. Select questions from the Q&A at the end of the webinar have been included.
Do you have advice for involving stakeholders from the beginning of an evaluation to help with the uptake of the findings?
Is there a rule of thumb for the appropriate response rate to surveys? As in do we need a 70% response rate of total population size to consider the data of good quality or is it more complicated?
I understand that using mixed methods is best practice in order to triangulate data, but are there cases where this may not be necessary? E.g. in impact evaluations that use modelling methods to estimate the likely impact of a policy.
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Rogers, P. (2015, March). Overview of Impact Evaluation. Impact evaluation webinars for UNICEF [Webinar]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/FJ8Hjpcgj6g
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