Journal Article

An Innovative Integrated Research Method: Estimating Fidelity Using Technology for Model Integration and Development

Andreas Fassler and Matthias J. Naleppa

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 41, issue 4, pages 761-777
Published in print June 2011 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2011 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr081
An Innovative Integrated Research Method: Estimating Fidelity Using Technology for Model Integration and Development

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This article introduces innovative methodological aspects of an intervention research that followed the model development paradigm proposed by Rothman and Thomas (1994). It focuses on the design process, measuring fidelity and its graphic representation, and the use of current technology such as computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS). The measurement process for estimating fidelity is explained, as well as how qualitative and quantitative methods can be integrated. How the results of the observation of the implementation process are displayed graphically in an innovative and precise way is shown. Implications for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Social work; intervention research; model development; fidelity; qualitative research; task-centred model; motivational interviewing; audio data; Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)

Journal Article.  6203 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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