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ERIC Number: ED410287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 28
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Using Peer Debriefing in the Final Stage of Evaluation with Implications for Qualitative Research: Three Impressionist Tales.
Cooper, Joanne; And Others
This paper discusses the use of peer debriefing to assist evaluators in their efforts to address project-end dilemmas and presents the implications of findings in this area for program evaluators and qualitative researchers. Peer debriefing has been defined as the process of exposing oneself to a disinterested peer to explore aspects of the inquiry that otherwise might remain only implicit in the inquirer's mind. In the past, peer debriefing has been used chiefly in the data gathering stage of qualitative research analysis. This paper considers its use in the final stages of a program evaluation, specifically in the evaluation of a curriculum in a large state university. The experiences of the peer debriefer, the principal investigator of the evaluation, and the evaluation project director are presented as first-person accounts. Their reactions indicate that the chief usefulness of peer debriefing seems to be its use in clarifying questions of role, whether it is used in data collection or as a study ends. Issues of gender, power, organizational politics, and the use of expertise are likely to appear as a study is ending, and peer debriefing is worthwhile in deciding how to interpret and use evaluation findings. (Contains 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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