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date: 21 October 2019

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This chapter addresses a wide range of theories and practices related to the evaluation of qualitative research (EQR). First, six categories of EQR are presented: (1) a positivist category, (2) Lincoln and Guba’s alternative category, (3) a “subtle-realist” category developed by Hammersley and Atkinson, and Seale, (4) a general EQR category, (5) a category of post-criteriology, and (6) a post-validity category. Second, evaluation strategies for EQR are offered by providing a variety of actual examples. Third, the chapter discusses a path forward for EQR that includes both internal and external elements. The chapter concludes with a holistic view of EQR needed to collectively construct/confront inner and outer challenges to qualitative paradigms in the twenty-first century. Twenty-first-century criteria supported include thought-provoking ideas, innovative methodology, performative writing, and global ethics and justice mindedness.

Keywords: Evaluation criteria, validity, checklists, rubrics, politics of evidence, twenty-first-century criteria

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