ERIC Number: ED352383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Synthesized Approaches: Expanding the Perspectives and Impact of Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation.
Piontek, Mary E.
Qualitative evaluation and quantitative evaluation are discussed, examining how the perspective of each can and should create a critical debate that encourages inquiry instead of hostility. To achieve the major goal of linking evaluation information to the organization's culture, the evaluator needs to use multiple methods in a responsive, issue-raising, contextually sensitive approach. While some evaluators and researchers propose that the qualitative and quantitative approaches cannot be synthesized because of their polar epistemological stances, others develop compatibility of methods as their main focus. Arguments that the incompatibility thesis presents cannot be dismissed. However, discrepancies should prompt the researcher to probe particular issues in greater depth. This process may expand knowledge about evaluation in terms of increasing the likelihood of audiences engaging in their own knowledge expansion. In the practice of evaluation, the evaluator should be aware of the various qualitative and quantitative methods to make the evaluation a process of identifying, educating, and communicating the perspectives and concerns of the evaluator and the stakeholders to maximize the relevance and success of the evaluation and the program. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (Seattle, WA, November 5-7, 1992).