Qualitative Methods for the Next Generation of Impact Assessment.
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Heidi Walker, Jenny Pope, A. John Sinclair, Alan Bond, and Alan Diduck
"While qualitative methods are not new to IA, our team—an international group of IA researchers and practitioners—came together around a need for concrete guidance on the range of qualitative methods available for IA.
Part of our purpose was also to bridge the gap between qualitative academic rigour and applied qualitative data collection and analysis in IA. Within this context, this report aims to answer the questions:
• What roles do qualitative methods play in IA?
• What is needed to strengthen the contribution of qualitative methods in IA?
• Which qualitative methods are available for IA?
• What are key considerations for the selection and implementation of these methods?" (p. 2)