You are here

Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation

Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation

December 2006 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation is a thorough, accessible guide to concept mapping for social or organizational researchers in any context. The volume describes the history of structured conceptualization-a most useful form of concept mapping. It also highlights the advantages that group or community concept mapping has over other kinds of group decision processes. With straightforward language and useful examples from the authors' 40 combined years of creating and working with this process, the book describes in detail the six major steps in the conduct of group concept mapping, and shares both the process of concept mapping and the equally important facilitation and guidance techniques that the authors have developed.
1. An Introduction to Concept Mapping
2. Preparing for Concept Mapping
3. Generating the Ideas
4. Structuring the Statements
5. Concept Mapping Analysis
6. Interpreting the Maps
7. Using Concept Mapping in Planning
8. Using Concept Mapping in Evaluation
9. Mapping the Future
Appendix: Concept Mapping Dissertations
About the Authors

Mary Kane and Bill Trochim are the public face of “concept mapping” for most us who do planning and evaluation in public health.  This volume is an enormously helpful and comprehensive look at concept mapping not only for those unfamiliar with the concept, but for those, like me, who have experienced the approach as a consumer, but have interest in the intricacies of the “hows” and “added value” of concept mapping over other approaches.  Best of all, they do an exceptional job of using concept mapping to integrate planning and evaluation, linking the hermetically sealed boxes in which these disciplines often live in large organizations.

Thomas Chapel
CDC, Office of Strategy and Innovation

"At last, an up-to-date, how-to-text on concept mapping in evaluation!...Mary Kane and William Trochim, instrumental in the development and promotion of concept mapping, have finally produced such  book, which will enable experienced evaluators and program planners to add concept mapping to their suite of methods."

Rick Cummings
Evaluation Journal of Australasia

Very useful book!

Dr Katharina Fellnhofer
Entrepreneurship & Innovation, New Design University
July 6, 2015

The design of interventions is an area that demands attention to detail and a series of recognised stages in order to produce the best intervention and to be able to evaluate its impact as robustly as possible. This text covers a key element of intervention design for year 3 and post grad students and demonstrates some of the complexities of intervention design, implementation and evaluation.

Mr Ben Jane
Faculty of Sport, Media and Management, University of St Mark & St John
December 10, 2015

Too complex for the level of student.

Fiona Whitwham
Children's Nursing, London South Bank University
April 26, 2010

For instructors

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9781412940283

ISBN: 9781412940276

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods' robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and "Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.