Mixed-Methods Research

Lawrence A. Palinkas

in Translation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398489
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928583 | DOI:

Series: Building Social Work Research Capacity

Mixed-Methods Research

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Mixed-methods research refers to the integrated use of quantitative and qualitative methods in the same study or project. Mixed-methods designs are considered to be particularly appropriate for conducting translational and implementation research for reasons that are presented in this chapter. We begin with a definition of mixed methods and explain that studies that use quantitative and qualitative methods independently do not necessarily qualify as mixed-methods designs. We also discuss the reasons why mixed methods are especially useful in translational and implementation research. We then introduce a taxonomy of the structure, function, and process for using mixed methods and present a case study to illustrate the various ways in which quantitative and qualitative methods may be combined and the reasons for combining them. We conclude with a discussion of the challenges in using mixed methods and the infrastructure necessary to support their use.

Keywords: quantitative methods; qualitative methods; mixed methods; research design; research infrastructure

Chapter.  7508 words.  Illustrated.

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