Piloting and triangulation: key elements in the development of quality evaluations
Author: Claudia Mir Cervantes
During the data collection process, Claudia Mir and her evaluation team discovered a problem: the qualitative data didn't match the quantitative data. Where was the error? In the lack of piloting of the data collection instruments.
A few years ago, I coordinated a team to carry out an evaluation to assess the supply of medicines for the care of chronic-degenerative diseases in health centers in Mexico. This was decided to be undertaken by a study with mixed methods. The study started with a structured observation process, in which an inventory of existing medicines was made at the time of the visit to the health centers. This was complemented by a survey of the staff of the centers carried out by the same team that generated the inventories. In addition, another team carried out a qualitative information survey with key actors...