Due to popular demand we are pleased to be offering additional courses in the DC metro area this September–and online!
These courses are offered in two formats: simultaneously onsite and via web conference, so that you can join us in person or from anywhere in the world.
Our September program includes:
September 29-30, 2017 (On-Site and Online via Live Web-Conference)
9am to 5pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Mixed-Methods Evaluations: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2 days)
Instructor: Debra J. Rog, PhD
Category: Evaluation Approaches and Techniques
Participants may join these courses either online via WebEx or on-site at the TEI office in Rockville, MD.
On-Site at TEI MD Office
1451 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(4-5 blocks from the Twinbrook Metro Station on the Red Line)
Online via WebEx
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Course Fees (Both On-Site and Online)
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Instructor: Ryan Watkins, PhD
Description: The initial phase of a project or program is among the most critical in determining its long-term success. Needs assessments support this initial phase of project development with proven approaches to gathering information and making justifiable decisions. In a two-day course, you will learn how needs assessment tools and techniques help you identify, analyze, prioritize, and accomplish the results you really want to achieve. Filled with practical strategies, tools, and guides, the workshop covers both large-scale, formal needs assessments and less formal assessments that guide daily decisions. The workshop blends rigorous methods and realistic tools that can help you make informed and reasoned decisions. Together, these methods and tools offer a comprehensive, yet realistic, approach to identifying needs and selecting among alternative paths forward.
In this course, we will focus on the pragmatic application of many needs assessment tools, giving participants the opportunity to practice their skills while learning how needs assessment techniques can improve the achievement of desired results. With participants from a variety of sectors and organizational roles, the workshop will illustrate how needs assessments can be of value in a variety of operational, capacity development, and staff learning functions.
Mixed-Methods Evaluations: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Instructor: Debra J. Rog, PhD
Description: Evaluators are frequently in evaluation situations in which they are collecting data through multiple methods, often both qualitative and quantitative. Too often, however, these study components are conducted and reported independently, and do not maximize the explanation building that can occur through their integration.
The purpose of this course is to sensitize evaluators to the opportunities in their work for designing and implementing mixed methods, and to be more intentional in the ways that they design their studies to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The course will begin with an overview of the issues involved with mixed-methods research, highlighting the accolades and the criticisms of integrating approaches. The course will then focus on the research questions and evaluation situations that are conducive for mixed-methods, and the variety of designs that are possible (e.g., parallel mixed methods that occur at the same time and are integrated in their inference; sequential designs in which one method follows another chronologically, either confirming or disconfirming the findings, or providing further explanation). A key focus of the course will be on strategies for implementing mixed-methods designs, as well as analyzing and reporting data, using examples from the instructor’s work and those offered by course participants. The course will be highly interactive, with ample time for participants to work on ways of applying the course to their own work. Participants will work in small groups on an example that will carry through the two days of the course.
Participants will be sent materials prior to the course as a foundation for the method.
Prerequisites: Background in evaluation is useful and desirable.