A Practitioner Handbook on Evaluation

A Practitioner Handbook on Evaluation

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Edited by Reinhard Stockmann

This comprehensive Handbook serves as an excellent reference manual providing answers to virtually every conceivable question that can arise during the planning and implementation process of an evaluation.

Chapter 9: An Introduction to Data Management and Data Analysis

Peter Maats and Pascal Klären

Subjects: economics and finance, valuation, environment, valuation, politics and public policy, public policy, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, economics of social policy, research methods in social policy, social policy in emerging countries, sociology and sociological theory


Peter Maats and Pascal Klären At the moment when all the preparatory steps in an evaluation have been completed and the qualitative and quantitative instruments which have been developed (see Chapter 8) begin to be used, data management begins as a preliminary stage of the data analysis which is to follow. It may be true that qualitative and quantitative methods of social research essentially pursue the same aim from different perspectives, namely, that of assessing a circumstance as objectively as possible, but they each call for a different set of instruments for the processing and analysis of the data which have been gathered. For this reason, this chapter is intended, on the one hand, to provide an overview of how, with the aid of the instruments developed in Chapter 8, the data which have been gathered can be recorded in an appropriately structured form and processed (data management). On the other, it is intended to provide an overview of which methods of analysis are available, what potential each of them has for practical use and where – especially against the backdrop of limited human and financial resources – their various limitations are. Therefore this chapter cannot replace – and is not intended to replace – a study of the introductory specialist literature on the various analysis procedures. For the recording and administration of qualitative data (interviews and so on), an approach is introduced here which is oriented towards the structure of the evaluation guidelines in Stockmann (see Chapter 2 and Stockmann 2006: 179ff...

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