Designing, Executing, and Presenting Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

Scholars typically leave research design and analysis courses knowing more about best practices for developing research questions, sampling, data analysis, and other integral components of the enterprise than when they began. They are sometimes surprised when they face major setbacks in their own projects--because knowing is not the same as doing.

This course provides the knowledge needed to develop high-quality qualitative and mixed methods projects and practical strategies for success in designing, executing, and presenting qualitative and mixed methods research in real-world contexts that sometimes involve less-than-ideal circumstances.

We will consider four key questions throughout the course:

  1. What guides key qualitative and mixed methods research design decisions including the role of theory, sampling strategies, data analysis approaches, and grounded interpretations?
  2. How can high-quality research designs be adapted to fit across different contexts, sometimes with differing timelines, resources, or desired outcomes?
  3. How can researchers execute their project to generate novel insights using a variety of writing exercises, and visualizations throughout the design, analysis, and interpretation phases?
  4. How can researchers avoid common pitfalls when publishing qualitative and mixed methods research?

Participants are encouraged to bring a study idea or preliminary draft of a proposal or paper that they can explore during the workshop as time allows.