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Got Documents? How to Do a Document Review

Posted by on February 10th, 2017 0 comments

Are you an introvert?  Then I have an evaluation method for you: document review. You usually you can do this method from the comfort of your own office. No scary interactions with strangers. Truth is, my use of existing data in evaluation seldom rises to the definition of true document review.  I usually read through… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation, Qualitative Methods



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‘Tis the Season to Do Some Qualitative Interviewing!

Posted by on December 9th, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the end-of-year festivities are in full swing. We get to enjoy holiday treats. Lift a wine glass with colleagues, friends, and loved ones. Step back from the daily grind and enjoy some light-hearted holiday fun. Or, we could take these golden holiday social events to work on our qualitative interviewing skills!… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation, Qualitative Methods



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The Appreciative Inquiry Holiday Challenge

Posted by on November 23rd, 2016 0 comments

The holiday season is upon us, so I want to give our readers a holiday Appreciative Inquiry challenge.  This is a fun way to practice the Appreciative Inquiry interview. It also provides an opportunity for you and your family to plan a better-than-usual holiday season.  Finally, it gives everyone something to talk about other than politics…. Read More »

Posted in: Qualitative Methods



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How Many Interviews Does It Take to Assess A Project?

Posted by on October 21st, 2016 0 comments

FAQ from NEO users: How many interviews or focus groups do we need for our qualitative assessment project? Our typical response: Um, how much money and time do you have? At which point, our users probably want to throw a stapler at us. (Karen and I work remotely out of an abundance of caution.) Although… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation, Qualitative Methods



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From QWERTY to Quality Responses: How To Make Survey Comment Boxes More Inviting

Posted by on July 22nd, 2016 0 comments

The ubiquitous comment box.  It’s usually stuck at the end of a survey with a simple label such as “Suggestions,” “Comments:” or “Please add additional comments here.” Those of us who write surveys over-idealistic faith in the potential of comment boxes, also known as open-ended survey items or questions.  These items will unleash our respondents’… Read More »

Posted in: Qualitative Methods, Questionnaires and Surveys

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