Session Description: This workshop focuses on the methodological and contextual considerations in designing and conducting transformative mixed methods evaluation. It is geared to meet the needs of evaluators working in communities that reflect diversity in terms of culture, race/ethnicity, religion, language, gender, and disability. Deficit perspectives that are taken as common wisdom can have a deleterious effect on both the design of a program and the outcomes of that program. A transformative mixed methods approach enhances an evaluator's ability to accurately represent how this can happen.
Interactive activities based upon case studies will give you an opportunity to apply theoretical guidance that will be provided in a plenary session, a mini-lecture and small- and large-group discussions. Alternative strategies based on transformative mixed methods are illustrated through reference to the presenters' own work, the work of others, and the challenges that participants bring to the workshop.
Donna Mertens is a Past President of the American Evaluation Association who teaches evaluation methods and program evaluation to deaf and hearing graduate students at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Mertens recently authored Transformative Research and Evaluation (Guilford). Katrina L Bledsoe is a senior research associate at Walter R. McDonald & Associates, conducting and managing evaluations in culturally complex communities nationally.
Please see the referenced document below to view this presentation's Bibliography from Katrina Bledsoe.