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Volume Editors' Introduction Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Chapter 1. Mixed Methods in Evaluation: History and Progress History of Evaluation and Mixed Methods Scope of This Book Differentiating Mixed Methods Research and Mixed Methods Evaluation Increased Interest in and Demand for Mixed Methods Evaluations Complexity in Evaluation Contexts and the Role of Mixed Methods Conceptual Framework: Paradigms and Branches of Evaluation Philosophical Frames for Mixed Methods Evaluation Connecting Paradigms With the Field of Evaluation Overview of Mixed Methods Approaches and Purposes Criteria to Judge Quality in Mixed Methods Evaluation Design Summary and Moving Forward: Overview of This Book Chapter 2. Mixed Methods Designs to Evaluate Interventions Evaluating Interventions Methods Branch: Mixed Methods and Experimental Designs to Test Intervention Effectiveness Values Branch: Qualitatively Dominant RCT Mixed Methods Design Use Branch: Randomized Controlled Trial With Qualitative Methods Social Justice Branch: Mixed Methods With RCT and Qualitative Designs Dialectical Pluralism: Mixed Methods for Intervention Evaluations Summary and Moving Forward Chapter 3. Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs for Instrument Development Instrument Development Methods Branch: Mixed Methods and Instrument Development Values Branch: Instrument Development With Qualitative Approach Dominant Use Branch: Multiphase Instrument Development Social Justice Branch: Instrument Development Dialectical Pluralism: Instrument Development Summary and Moving Forward Chapter 4. Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs for Policy Evaluation Policy Evaluation and Mixed Methods Methods Branch: Mixed Methods Policy Evaluation Methods Branch: Mixed Methods Survey/Interview Embedded Policy Analysis Values Branch: Mixed Methods Policy Evaluation Use Branch: Mixed Methods Policy Evaluation Social Justice Branch: Mixed Methods Policy Evaluation Dialectical Pluralism: Mixed Methods Policy Evaluation Summary and Moving Forward Chapter 5. Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs for Systematic Reviews Mixed Methods and Systematic Literature Review Methods Branch: Mixed Methods Systematic Reviews Values Branch: Qualitatively Dominant Systematic Reviews Use Branch: Mixed Methods Systematic Reviews Social Justice Branch: Mixed Methods Systematic Reviews Dialectical Pluralism: Mixed Methods Systematic Reviews Summary and Moving Forward Chapter 6. Variations in Mixed Methods Evaluation Designs Mixed Methods Designs and Gender-Responsive Evaluation Mixed Methods Designs and Indigenous Evaluation Universal Design: Mixed Methods Designs With Persons With Disabilities and Deaf Persons Mixed Methods Designs and Developmental Evaluation Mixed Methods Designs and Needs Assessment Mixed Methods Designs and Visual Spatial Data Mixed Methods Designs and Arts-Based Evaluations Mixed Methods Designs in Conflict Zones and Violently Divided Societies Summary and Moving Forward Chapter 7. Trends, Challenges, and Advances in Mixed Methods Evaluation Trends and Challenges for the Future of Mixed Methods Philosophy and Methodology Innovative Designs Technological Advances and Big Data Preparation of Mixed Methods Evaluators Responsiveness to Complex Social Problems Integration and Dissemination in Mixed Methods Evaluation Conclusions and Moving Forward Appendix. Key Resources for Additional Examples and Insights Into Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation References Index

About the Author

Donna M. Mertens is Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, at Gallaudet University. She taught research methods and program evaluation to deaf and hearing students at the MA and PhD levels for over 30 years. She now teaches courses and professional development workshops around the world. She conducts research and evaluation studies on such topics as improvement of special education services in international settings, planning for the inclusion of students with disabilities in neighborhood schools, enhancing the educational experiences of students with disabilities, preventing sexual abuse in residential schools for deaf students, improving access to the court systems for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and improving the preparation of teachers of the deaf through appropriate use of instructional technology. Her research focuses on improving methods of inquiry by integrating the perspectives of those who have experienced oppression in our society. She draws on the writings of feminists, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities, as well as Indigenous peoples who have addressed the issues of power and oppression and their implications for research methodology. Dr. Mertens has made numerous presentations at the meetings of the American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, Australasian Evaluation Society, Association for College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, International Sociological Association, Mixed Methods International Research Association, American Psychological Association, African Evaluation Association, Canadian Evaluation Society, Visitors Studies Association, and other organizations that explore these themes. She served as president and board member of the American Evaluation Association from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation, 2002-2003. She served as editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research 2009-2014. Her publications include four edited volumes, Indigenous Pathways to Social Research (coedited with Fiona Cram and Bagele Chilisa, 2013), Handbook of Social Research Ethics (coedited with Pauline Ginsberg, 2009), Creative Ideas for Teaching Evaluation (1989), and Research and Inequality (coedited with Carole Truman and Beth Humphries, 2000), and several authored books, including Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation (2018), Program Evaluation: A Comprehensive Guide (2nd ed.) (with Amy Wilson, 2018), Transformative Research and Evaluation (2009), Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education (coauthored with John McLaughlin, 2004), and Parents and Their Deaf Children (coauthored with Kay Meadow-Orlans and Marilyn Sass Lehrer, 2003). She also publishes many chapters and articles in edited volumes, encyclopedias, handbooks, and journals, such as Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Social Work, Eye on Psi Chi, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Mixed Methods Research, New Directions for Program Evaluation, American Journal of Evaluation, American Annals of the Deaf, Studies in Educational Evaluation, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.


"This text provides students of evaluation an inspiring and thorough understanding of the variety of ways evaluation is made more complete and valuable through the use of mixed methods designs."

-- Kathleen Norris

"A great resource for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing mixed method evaluations for complex interventions or issues."

-- Sebastian Galindo

"This text contains a wealth of information regarding mixed methods evaluation designs. It will be a go-to text for years to come!"

-- Jori N. Hall

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