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Qualitative Evaluations, Combined Methods and Key Challenges: General Lessons from the Qualitative Evaluation of Community Intervention in Stroke Rehabilitation

Hearn, Jeff, Lawler, John and Dowswell, George (2005) Qualitative Evaluations, Combined Methods and Key Challenges: General Lessons from the Qualitative Evaluation of Community Intervention in Stroke Rehabilitation. In: Evaluation Research Methods. Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, 2: Evaluation Practice for Engagement . Sage, California, USA, pp. 263-293. ISBN 9781412901529

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Abstract

This article has a twofold agenda. First, it examines lessons from qualitative evaluative research on a community intervention in stroke rehabilitation. Second, it focuses on more general, fundamental questions in evaluation, particularly in healthcare. This involves addressing the domination of a relatively narrow range of positivist research approaches in much medical research and how this limits understanding. While in the medical field randomized controlled trials are regarded as the gold standard, evaluations that rely on quantitative methods and measuring outcomes alone are inadequate. General themes addressed include: the relative neglect of nonpositivist, qualitative and process-orientated evaluation; the recognition of key distinctions in healthcare evaluation research; the need for greater attention to mixed and combined methods in evaluation; and the recognition of barriers to and key challenges in developing combined methods. This agenda suggests a need for more pluralist mentalities in research funding, evaluation and publication.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2009 14:02
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2010 12:06
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/3821

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