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A pragmatic study focuses on an individual decision maker within an actual real-world situation. The process of undertaking a pragmatic study is first to identify a problem and view it within its broadest context. This leads to research inquiry, which seeks to better understand and ultimately solve the problem. Finally, the research findings often result in policy suggestions, new environmental initiatives, or social change.

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Is it important to debate the philosophy behind our research and the theoretical basis of our research approach? A pragmatic study would be only tangentially interested in such deeper questions, as it puts practical solutions above philosophical discussions. Pragmatic studies often draw upon mixed-methods approaches. Both qualitative and quantitative methods could be employed—whatever methods provide a relevant approach to a ...

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