Mixed Methods

Mixed methods evaluation or research is the collection, analysis, and integration of both qualitative (e.g., focus groups) and quantitative (e.g., survey) data in a single evaluation or study.

A mixed methods approach is particularly beneficial when studying new or complex initiatives and interactions in natural, as opposed to experimental, settings. CPDE chooses mixed methods designs when relevant to expand the scope and depth of the evaluation or research project.

For more background on mixed methods approaches and designs, see our publication Schifferdecker and Reed (2009).