We were delighted to welcome Wendy Olsen to give a CECAN seminar last week ‘Mixed Methods Evaluation, using QCA and NVIVO‘.
In development studies, one wants an evaluation team to face up to the challenge of combining surveys with semi-structured interview data. In this seminar, Wendy explained and demonstrated how these linkages are made with concrete data about villages in Bangladesh and India. The problem is that complex data can overwhelm the interpreting team. The solutions offered by Wendy are methodologically sound.
In this talk, Wendy first introduced the structure-institutions-agency approach and how it helps make discourse analysis and QCA easier. Then she introduced an example showing how QCA can be used on village data from rural India. The third section showed how qualitative interviews can be interrogated using keyness analysis to locate the competing discourses in the society.
You can view the slides of Wendy’s seminar online here.