Luigina Jessica Montano - Exploring Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Exploring Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation .

With the participation of Luigina Jessica Montano, University of Surrey & IRVAPP

The seminar is held in English.


The presentation provides an overview of qualitative evaluation research methods. Qualitative research is an approach that seeks to delve into the depths of human experiences, perspectives, and contexts. The presentation will cover some popular qualitative evaluation approaches rooted in Complexity Social Science such as Theory of Change, Process Tracing and Most Significant Change Technique. These approaches support researchers in answering questions around how and why an intervention or a policy succeeded (or failed) in achieving desired results. Social interventions are implemented in complex settings in constant evolution, with many emergent, unexpected outcomes occurring throughout the implementation period. Moreover, the successfulness of an intervention or a policy is often linked to the complex relationship between activities and entities within said intervention. Thus, combining qualitative, complexity aware evaluation approaches to understand the mechanisms at play within a policy or an intervention can shed light on quantitative indicator-based evaluation results and together, ensure a better understanding of how interventions work to increase replicability and adaptability in other contexts.


  • Speaker
    Luigina Jessica Montano is a researcher at the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP). She completed Ph.D. in Sustainable Tourism Management at the University of Surrey (UK) whilst working as an evaluator for an EU-INTERREG Sustainable Tourism project. Her main research interests cover the application of qualitative methods of evaluation to address causality in complex interventions. Luigina is committed to carrying out evaluations that offer useful learning opportunities and generate evidence that allows for better, evidence-informed policy making. Luigina is passionate about using evaluation as a co-learning opportunity to address what works, for who, and in what context, in order to increase policy replicability. Luigina's role in FBK-IRVAPP is to integrate qualitative evaluation approaches within the design of evaluation strategies. She is interested in participative approaches to evaluation such as Theory of Change and Most Significant Change Technique.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 21/11/2023.

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