This practical text equips students, researchers, and policymakers in the social sciences with the tools they need for applying mixed methods in policy research and program evaluation, from design, through data collection, and dissemination. Emphasizing the “how-to”—the set of conceptual and active tasks carried out by mixed methods researchers—the book is illustrated with rich case studies from the authors’ own research projects in education and public policy. These examples help readers identify and explain policy and program impacts and better understand the “why” and “how” of observed effects. Throughout the book, the authors describe challenges that both beginners and advanced scholars are likely to encounter when doing mixed methods research and recommend practical tools available to address them.

Designing and Implementing Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research

Designing and Implementing Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research

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Policy and evaluation research are often undertaken collaboratively, with the individual researcher or research team engaging policy designers, program implementers, the target population, and other program stakeholders to understand an intervention’s implementation and impacts and what drives them. In this regard, the benefits of striving toward a fully integrated mixed methods approach—in empirically investigating patterns across units to identify associations and plausible causal relationships and simultaneously digging deeper to explore the potential causal pathways and policy and contextual factors that intervene in them—seem so obvious that one might expect this approach to be ubiquitous. Yet as the literature points out, the use of mixed methods, although growing, is still limited by practical roadblocks as well as ...

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