Tribal Self-Governance Health Care and Social Services Delivery Effectiveness Evaluation Feasibility Study: Draft Evaluation Issues, Questions, and Data Requirements. 2.3.1 Qualitative Methods


Qualitative methods are key informant interviews, site visits, surveys of perceptions that can provide useful insights and understanding of research questions that focus on decisionmaking, management approaches, implementation and operations, and other process issues that cannot be easily quantified. These issues are important to understand the factors that influence and determine Tribal decisions for self-governance or contracting, goals of self-governance/contracting, and the ways that programs are implemented and operated to achieve those goals. In addition, qualitative research is important to obtain information that assists the evaluation team to understand and appropriately interpret quantitative findings of the evaluation..

In support of qualitative and process analyses, it is also important to identify and review historical documentation of implementation activities and records of decision making related to the qualitative outcomes that are identified.