Lecture: Mixed Methods: State of the Art- February 6, 2013

Mixed Methods Research (MMR) is a research approach developed over the past 20 years that intentionally and systematically combines both qualitative and quantitative approaches in order to capitalize on the respective strengths of each.  Qualitative research – which often includes data collection approaches such as interviews and focus groups– has traditionally been used by social scientists to gain in-depth knowledge of an individual’s or group’s experience.  Quantitative research – which often includes data collection approaches such as surveys, medical record, or surveillance data – is traditionally used to gather large amounts of data from many people, and its strength is that the data is both quantifiable and replicable. The value of MMR is that is that it offers the benefits of both types of research:  a researcher is able to focus both on characteristics of the population, and on the individual’s experience within that population.

When: February 6, 2013, 4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Building
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Presenter: Dr. John Creswell, visiting professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, is supported by the Community Health Innovation and Research Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.

This lecture is open to all students and faculty interested in learning about mixed methods research.

The QSS@Harvard project is a faculty initiative involving qualitative and mixed methods researchers from across Harvard’s schools to promote methodological innovation, teaching, and exchange. Started in 2008 with funding from the Provost’s Office, we organize events that bring the community of researchers together.  For more information please see our website.