I4DI conducted a training workshop on the use of qualitative methods in impact evaluation for SEO Economic Research (SEO), a Dutch independent organization offering services to ministries, companies and institutions in the non-profit sector.
Developed and led by two I4DI experts, the workshop provided SEO staff with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop impact evaluation strategy to include qualitative (mixed) methods. The workshop focused on qualitative research, theory of change development, evaluation strategy, and data collection, management, analysis and reporting tool creation.
Practical application of knowledge and skills to relevant case studies, combined with theoretical presentations were used to ground theory in SEO’s daily work. The course was hands-on, actively engaging SEO staff participation.
Session topics included:
- Introduction to qualitative methods
- Social cost-benefit analysis
- Rigour of quantitative and qualitative methods
- Evaluation strategy – Use of Theory Of Change
- Critique of existing projects evaluation terms of evaluation
- Qualitative methods
- Case studies using mixed methods
- Practical focus group evaluation of this workshop
“We believe that qualitative methods grounded in theory and practically applied through a sound evaluation strategy make a valuable contribution to impact evaluations,” said Azra Kacapor Nurkic, co-founder and senior expert at I4DI. “As an institute dedicated to knowledge generation and sharing, I4DI is excited to continue working with organizations like SEO to fortify their capacity in impact evaluations and use of theories of change, which will in turn make a difference for the people and organizations they serve.”
This workshop is designed to introduce qualitative methods to quantitative focused organizations or to bolster existing qualitative skills. I4DI looks forward to continuing to provide this workshop to organizations as a participatory way to build skills and make evaluation more effective.