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Washington Evaluators Brown Bag
by Donna Mertens and Mika Yoder Yamashita
June 11, 2012
This presentation provides an introduction to mixed methods evaluation. The presenters survey current discussions in mixed methods evaluation from the following aspects: definitions of mixed methods evaluation and different levels of mixing methods including philosophical assumptions, designs, and data collection techniques. The presenters will review American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) annual conference presentations hosted by the Mixed Methods Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) for the past three years to identify areas most discussed among AEA members. Then, the presenters discuss possible areas for further inquiry.
Donna Mertens is a past AEA president and an editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (Sage). She has authored a number of articles and books on the topic of mixed methods and evaluation, including Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A Comprehensive Guide (with Amy Wilson, NY: Guilford, 2012), Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods (3rd ed., Sage 2010), and Transformative Research and Evaluation (Guilford, 2009). She also consulted on evaluation projects internationally. She is a professor at Gallaudet University where she teaches research and evaluation methods. She serves as a co-chair of Mixed Methods Evaluation TIG.
Mika Yoder Yamashita is a research associate at the Center for Education Policy and Practice, FHI360. As a contractor to government-funded projects, her work includes program evaluation of college access programs for low-income students, institutional capacity building program of community colleges. She serves as a program chair for Mixed Methods Evaluation TIG.