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Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research

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Best Practices or Mixed MethodsResearch in the Health Sciences
Commissioned by theOce o Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)Helen I. Meissner, Ph.D., Oce o Behavioral and Social Sciences ResearchBy John W. Creswell, Ph.D., University o Nebraska-Lincoln Ann Carroll Klassen, Ph.D., Drexel University  Vicki L. Plano Clark, Ph.D., University o Nebraska-LincolnKatherine Clegg Smith, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University  With the Assistance o a Specially Appointed Working Group
 
Table o Contents
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction and Background ...................................................................................................1The Need or Best Practices ......................................................................................................2The Nature and Design o Mixed Methods Research ..................................................................4Teamwork, Inrastructure, Resources, and Trainingor Mixed Methods Research ..................................................................................................11Developing an R Series Plan that Incorporates Mixed Methods Research ....................................16Beyond the R Series – High-Quality Mixed Methods Activitiesin Successul Fellowship, Career, Training, and Center Grant Applications .................................27 Reviewing Mixed Methods Applications ..................................................................................31Overall Recommendations.....................................................................................................35 Appendix A. NIH Working Group on Developing Best Practicesor Mixed Methods Research ..................................................................................................36
 
Introduction and Background
 
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Introduction and Background
I
n November 2010, The Oce o Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) o the National Institutes o Health (NIH) commissioned the leadership team o John W. Creswell, Ann Klassen, Vicki L. Plano Clark, andKatherine Clegg Smith to develop a resource that would provide guidance to NIH investigators on how to rigorously develop and evaluate mixed methods research applications. Pursuant to this, the team developed this report o “bestpractices” ollowing three major objectives.
To develop practices that:
 
assist investigators using mixed methods as they develop competitive applications or support romNIH;
 
assist reviewers and sta or review panels at NIH who evaluate applications that include mixedmethods research;
 
provide the Oce o Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), and the NIHInstitutes and Centers, with “best practices” to use as they consider potential contributionso mixed methods research, select reviewers, plan new initiatives, and set priority areas ortheir science.
OBSSR convened a Working Group o 18 individuals (see Appendix A. NIH Working Group on Developing BestPractices or Mixed Methods Research) to review a preliminary drat o “best practices.” This Group was composed o experienced scientists, research methodologists, and NIH health scientists. These individuals were selected because o their expertise in NIH investigations, their specic knowledge o mixed methods research, and their experience in thescientic review process. The composition o the Working Group was diverse with members representing elds such aspublic health, medicine, mental health proessions, psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, education, andnursing. This Working Group met in late April 2011, and reviewed and made recommendations or the nal documentpresented in this report.This report consists o seven sections: 
The Need or Best Practices
 
The Nature and Design o Mixed Methods Research
 
Teamwork, Inrastructure, Resources, and Training or Mixed Methods Research
 
Developing an R Series Plan that Incorporates Mixed Methods Research
 
Beyond the R Series – High-Quality Mixed Methods Activities in Successul Fellowship, Career,Training, and Center Grant Applications
 
Reviewing Mixed Methods Applications
 
Overall Recommendations

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