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Research and Evaluation Methods for Complexity

Michael Wolf-Branigin

in Using Complexity Theory for Research and Program Evaluation

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199829460
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829460.003.0003

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Research and Evaluation Methods for Complexity

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This chapter introduces current methods used in investigating social work related issues that are framed as complex systems. This is useful because it blends quantitative and qualitative methods. It further reinforces many of the concepts introduced in the first two chapters by applying the materials to social service situations. Examples from project work will reinforce the methods described. Researching complexity does not take a singular qualitative or quantitative orientation. Several existing research and evaluation methods currently used aid is assessing complexity.

Keywords: participatory action research; developmental evaluation; social networks; cluster analysis; spatial analysis

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