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ERIC Number: EJ973991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
A New Realistic Evaluation Analysis Method: Linked Coding of Context, Mechanism, and Outcome Relationships
Jackson, Suzanne F.; Kolla, Gillian
American Journal of Evaluation, v33 n3 p339-349 Sep 2012
In attempting to use a realistic evaluation approach to explore the role of Community Parents in early parenting programs in Toronto, a novel technique was developed to analyze the links between contexts (C), mechanisms (M) and outcomes (O) directly from experienced practitioner interviews. Rather than coding the interviews into themes in terms of context, intervention elements (mechanisms) and outcomes separately and which could be assembled into CMO configurations by the analyst, they were coded as linked dyads and triads directly from the practitioner narratives. Out of all of the linked codes entered, there were a maximum of three with the same combination, presenting challenges for typical qualitative data analysis. This article examines a novel technique that was developed in an attempt to expand this method beyond the circumstances described in the realistic evaluation literature to date. The bulk of the article focuses on the linked coding and analysis procedures, the challenges faced, and the original solutions that were developed to analyze the CMO relations and generate the mid-range theories necessary to move to the next stage of a realist evaluation approach. The features that distinguish this linked coding method from other methods (e.g. Qualitative Comparative Analysis), the major benefits and drawbacks, the utility of the approach within evaluation practice, and its application to realist synthesis and research are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada