Abstracts: August 27th, 2003

Qualitative techniques are used extensively in government social research but there are concerns about the rigour of these techniques and the robustness of the evidence base that they draw upon. In response to the concerns the Government Chief Social Researcher’s Office, part of the Cabinet Office, commissioned the National Centre for Social Research to undertake a methodological review of quality standards in qualitative evaluation methods. The aim of the project was to produce guidance for undertaking research and evaluation that uses qualitative methods. The resulting framework provides a useful and useable guide for assessing the credibility, rigour and relevance of individual research studies.Link: http://policyhub.gov.uk/servlet/Menu?id=1728