Thursday, January 12, 2012

[EQ] Quality in Qualitative Evaluation: A framework for assessing research evidence

Quality in Qualitative Evaluation: A framework for assessing research evidence

A Quality Framework

Liz Spencer, Jane Ritchie, Jane Lewis and Lucy Dillon(2003)

National Centre for Social Research
UK Government Chief Social Researcher’s Office, London: Cabinet Office.

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“……..This document presents a framework for appraising the quality of qualitative evaluations.
It was developed with particular reference to evaluations concerned with the development and implementation of social policy, programmes and practice.

The framework was devised as part of a programme of research conducted on behalf of the Cabinet Office.
The research on which the framework was built involved:

• a comprehensive review of the literature on qualitative research methods relating to standards in qualitative research;

• a review of qualitative research methods used in Government funded evaluation studies;

• a review of existing frameworks for assessing quality in qualitative research;

• exploratory interviews with a range of people who have an interest in quality assessment of qualitative research and/or policy-related evaluations.
  These included academics who have written about qualitative research from either a theoretical or empirical perspective; authors of existing frameworks;
  research practitioners; commissioners and funders; and policy-makers who have used qualitative research evidence in the development and evaluation
  of policies; a workshop, involving the above groups, to refine the framework initially developed;

• a trial application of the framework to a small number of studies.

All these strands of activity have heavily influenced the content of the framework and the premises that surround its operation.




I Introduction

II Scope of the Framework

III Application of the Framework

IV Content of the Framework

V Further reading

Rapid Evidence Assessment Toolkit at:


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