Quality of quality: A diagnostic approach to qualitative evaluation

Befani, Barbara (2020) Quality of quality: A diagnostic approach to qualitative evaluation. Evaluation, 26 (3). pp. 333-349. ISSN 1356-3890

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This article discusses the integration of a diagnostic lens in qualitative or mixed methods evaluations, arguing that this will improve quality: in particular, it will improve transparency, credibility and reliability of evaluation findings.We start by unpacking the notion of evaluation quality and pointing out the typical weaknesses of qualitative methods. We then introduce the basic notions of diagnostic approaches and how they relate to theory-based evaluation, process tracing, and Bayesian updating, arguing for the merits of taking a formal Bayesian approach, founded on the confusion matrix, which amongst else reduces confirmation bias and conservatism. This article draws parallels between the process tracing tests and elements of the confusion matrix.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bayesian updating,confusion matrix,diagnostic approaches,process tracing,theory-based evaluation,development,sociology and political science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3303
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 09:10
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:54
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74399
DOI: 10.1177/1356389019898223

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