ERIC Number: ED207256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-16
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Researcher as Sleuth: New Approaches to Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods.
Louis, Karen Seashore
The movement toward integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods within the same study has been most evident in social policy research. Four major approaches to integrating can be identified in recent studies. The sequential, the parallel, and the fused models have been rather widely used. The interactive model, developed during the course of the study of the Research and Development Utilization (RDU) program is relatively new. The first three models are presented briefly, and the interactive model is discussed in greater depth, with attention given to how it evolved during the course of the RDU study. The use of "consolidated coding" to merge data collected by survey with that collected through semi-structured site visits is discussed. Some of the issues and problems associated with the research methods are presented. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Policy Formation, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Research Utilization, Researchers, Social Science Research
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Improvement of Practice Program.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.