About THE MIXED METHODS PROGRAM at the University of Michigan
Our mission is to promote mixed methods research and scholarship across academic disciplines through education, training, consulting and mentoring with the support of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan.
Learn more about our mission and vision here.
We invite you to attend our workshops as well as the Qualitative & Mixed Methods Learning Lab to improve your mixed methods skills! You can also check out our Resources page, find out the latest methodological and other developments in the world of mixed methods by reading the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and becoming a member of the MMIRA. Sign up for our mailing list to receive our newsletter and future mixed methods training announcements.
What is Mixed Methods Research?
Mixed methods research (MMR) is “an approach to research in social, behavioral, and health sciences in which the investigator gathers both quantitative (closed-ended) and qualitative (open-ended) data, integrates the two, and then draws interpretations based on the combined strength of both sets of data to understand research problems.” (Creswell 2014, Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research) . It is rapidly becoming a popular methodology used in social and health sciences over the past 30 years.
The "1+1=3" on our mug expresses the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, representing the synergy and the challenge of integrating qualitative and quantitative methods in research. Read more on the idea of "1+1=3" in MMR at the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
On how to conduct rigorous MMR, read the Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research by NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.