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A Note on Multimethodology

Seeking verity through variety?

Methods is a word that has gained importance in much scientific research. There are countless books on scientific method within a variety of subjects.

  1. Qualitatively driven approaches/designs in which the research study is, at its core, a qualitative study with quantitative data/method added to supplement and improve the qualitative study by providing an added value and deeper, wider, and fuller or more complex answers to research questions; qualitative quality criteria are emphasised but high quality quantitative data also must be collected and analysed.
  2. Interactive or equal status designs in which the research study equally emphasizes (interactively and through integration) quantitative and qualitative data, methods, methodologies, and paradigms. This third design is often done through the use of a team composed of an expert in quantitative research, an expert in qualitative research, and an expert in mixed methods research to help with dialogue and continual integration.
  3. Mixed priority designs in which the principal study results derive from the integration of qualitative and quantitative data during analysis (Creamer, 2017).
  • Mixed or multiple approach design (MAD) two or more analytic interests are pursued.
  1. Cultural issues affect world views and the way one analyses. Knowledge of a new paradigm is not enough to overcome potential biases; it must be learned through practice and experience.
  2. People have cognitive abilities that predispose them to particular paradigms. Quantitative research requires skills of data-analysis and several techniques of statistic reasoning, while qualitative research is rooted in in-depth observation, comparative thinking, interpretative skills and interpersonal ability.

AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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