Mixed Methods: Approaches for Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research Strategies (Chapel Hill)


The term, "mixed methods" usually refers to contexts in which a researcher collects, analyzes, and integrates both qualitative and quantitative data within a single study or longitudinal program of inquiry. This workshop will highlight the main elements of such an approach to empirical research, as well as the advantages that mixed methods provide in terms of greater insights on interesting phenomena in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.

The course will cover ways to develop a rigorous and persuasive mixed methods project, with particular attention to: the project title; statement of the problem and research purpose; research questions; collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data; the use of computer software; and interpretation of empirical results. The class will also discuss how philosophical assumptions, worldviews, and theoretical "lenses" can affect the research process. Moving beyond project design considerations, the workshop will also cover how to craft a mixed methods proposal using guidelines from the National Institute of Health, and how to develop a journal article based upon mixed methods research.

Participants in this workshop should have some prior exposure to the principles and practice of qualitative and quantitative research, at least at the introductory level. Participants are encouraged to bring to the workshop their own mixed method project; this could be a basic idea, a dissertation prospectus, a proposal for funding, or a study that has already been completed. Regardless of its exact nature, the workshop will help the participant develop the project further, using good design principles and techniques.

Fee: Members = $1300; Non-members = $2600

Tags: Mixed Methods, qualitative methods

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