Applied Research Design using Mixed Methods is a two-day course focused on the practical aspects of research design in the context of mixed methods. The course covers the essential principles behind designing fundable research, including: developing clear objectives and crafting engaging research questions, choosing appropriate sampling strategies, and selecting effective data collection methods (qualitative and quantitative). A significant amount of time is spent on how to integrate qualitative and quantitative datasets in the context of mixed methods designs.
The course covers qualitative and quantitative techniques commonly used in the social/behavioral and health sciences – in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant-observation, surveys, and secondary data. Less common, but highly effective, methods are additionally described and include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), document analysis, network analysis, free-listing, vignettes/factorial surveys, direct observation, and projective techniques.
Real-world examples are used to illustrate concepts/methods and highlight common challenges associated with designing and implementing mixed methods research. Although this course is pragmatic in nature, some time is devoted to the history of, and theory behind, the field of Mixed Methods.
Start date: December 07, 2020
End date: December 08, 2020
Start time: 09:00 a.m. EDT
End time: 05:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Zoom Webinar
Greg Guest, Ph.D
Greg Guest is a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation, and Co-Founder/Principal of Q42 Research consulting. For the past 20 years, Greg has designed and implemented mixed methods studies in more than 15 countries, employing research designs ranging from ethnography, to population-level studies, to randomized controlled trials. As Principal investigator, he has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the United States Agency for International Development. Greg has devoted much of his career to teaching, and building institutional capacity in, research methodology. He has taught over 80 national and international workshops on the design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of qualitative and mixed methods research. He is lead instructor for the annual Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (Loyola Marymount University), and routinely teaches courses at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC University). Greg has published six textbooks and over 30 scientific papers in the areas of research methodology and global health. For more details, see his professional web page.