Prof. dr. Jarl Kampen (StatUa, UAntwerp)
To what extent was a given plan, program or policy effective in changing a situation? To what extent was a given design a solution to a given problem? Studies of this kind of question are located in the evaluation phase of the problem solving cycle. The scientific literature on evaluation proposes several theory-guided approaches to tackle the complicated issue of determining effectiveness of interventions in the social realm. Examples include, but are not limited to, Process Tracing, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Contribution Analysis, Realist Evaluation, Goal Free Evaluation, and a new kid on the block, Outcome Harvesting. Of these evaluation methods, Process Tracing appears to be the most popular, but as can be inferred from the steep increase of citations over the past 30 years, it may soon be surpassed by Qualitative Comparative Analysis. This Friday Afternoon Methods Session provides a brief overview of the most used approaches to evaluation research, provides a general methodological basis to judge validity of evaluation research, and deepens this understanding by seminal discussion and small exercises.
Registration will open in March