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ERIC Number: ED437420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-5
Pages: 10
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The Utilization of Mixed Methods To Study Consensus Building in Dual Diagnosis Treatment.
Shafer, Michael S.; Lewellen, Denver
This paper describes the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate a project designed to define a state system of care for meeting the needs of people with concurrent disorders of mental illness and substance abuse. The evaluation was intended to develop a feedback system to provide program implementers with information about the mechanics and processes of the project's panel and to monitor the changing level of trust and cohesiveness among panel participants. A further goal of the evaluation was to illustrate and elucidate the key issues impeding and facilitating the adoption of best practices in treating the population of interest. Data collection strategies included participant observation, telephone interviews, document analysis, and meeting evaluation forms completed by participants at each session. From these sources, 17 themes related to the panel process emerged. Data from the qualitative interviews produced a richer and more contextual perspective from which to evaluate the degree and quality of consensus among the panel participants. Combining quantitative and qualitative approaches allowed for triangulation and complementarity in the evaluation process. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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