How to use this appraisal tool
Three broad issues need to be considered when appraising the report of a qualitative research:
â€¢ Are the results of the review valid?
â€¢ What are the results?
â€¢ Will the results help locally?
The 10 questions on the following pages are designed to help you think about these issues systematically.
The first two questions are screening questions and can be answered quickly. If the answer to both is â€œyesâ€, it is worth proceeding with the remaining questions.
There is some degree of overlap between the questions, you are asked to record a â€œyesâ€, â€œnoâ€ or â€œcanâ€™t tellâ€ to most of the questions. A number of prompts are given after each question. These are designed to remind you why the question is important. Record your reasons for your answers in the spaces provided.
There will not be time in the small groups to answer them all in detail!