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Let's Discuss: Mixed Methods in Implementation Science

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For the December Advanced Topics in Implementation Science webinar, we were pleased to have Dr. Larry Palinkas join us from the University of Southern California to continue our series of presentations focusing on innovative research methods for use in dissemination and implementation studies, focusing on mixed methods. His presentation, “Mixed Methods in Implementation Science”, introduced the use of mixed method designs in research on three interrelated facets of EBP implementation: provider social networks, use of research evidence, and cultural exchange between researchers and practitioners. Dr. Palinkas explained the multiple strategies through qualitative and quantitative research methods can converge, specifically highlighting their use within three funded research studies of implementation.  We will be posting the archive of today's webinar shortly, but would like to open the discussion to you.

- As a researcher, what would you see as the advantages and challenges of applying mixed methods to the study of dissemination and implementation?

- How do you optimally triangulate qualitative and quantitative methods to provide better understanding of implementation efforts?

- How do you make decisions about the necessary expertise in mixed methods on your research teams?

- What questions do you have about the use of mixed methods in your work?

We look forward to continuing the discussion!



As promised we pulled

As promised we pulled together the mentioned resources for mixed methods (broadly speaking, not exclusively focused on mixed methods in implementation research, for which there are fewer resources) mentioned during the session. 

Mixed Methods Research Training Program (MMRTP):

Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Joint initiative by Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Provides comprehensive training in mixed methods through a fully-funded educational and mentoring program in the health sciences

Applications for the second cohort due Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 5pm (see website for details on how to apply)



Mixed Methods Research: A Guide to the Field. Vicki L. Plano Clark & Nataliya Ivankova. (2015).

Mixed Methods in Health Sciences Research: A Practical Primer. Leslie Curry and Marcella Nunez-Smith (2015).

A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research. John W. Creswell (2014).

Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research (2nd Edition). John W. Creswell & Vicki L. Plano Clark (2010).

Foundations of Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Charles Teddlie & Abbas Tashakkori (2008).


Readings from Dr. Palinkas:

Palinkas LA, Holloway IW, Rice E, Fuentes D, Wu Q, Chamberlain P. Social networks and implementation of evidence-based practices in public youth-serving systems: a mixed-methods study. Implement Sci. 2011 Sep; 6:113.

Palinkas LA, Aarons GA, Horwitz S, Chamberlain P, Hurlburt M, Landsverk J. Mixed method designs in implementation research. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2011 Jan; 38(1):44-53.

For those that missed the

For those that missed the live session.  Here is the archive.  We hope you will view and then engage in the discussion and share your thoughts/comments here on R2R.


Thanks for posting these

Thanks for posting these resources, Sarah!

Here are a few additional training opportunities on mixed methods and qualitative methods related to implementation research:

1. 13th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive

July 25-29, 2016

The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC

Select courses: Implementation research--using qualitative research methods to improve policy and practice; Writing effective qualitative and mixed methods proposals; Mixed methods--bridging qualitative and quantitative methods and results; Foundational principles of and approaches to mixed methods research


2. Qualitative Data Analysis Camp

March 21-24, 2016

Carrboro, North Carolina

Select topics: Strategies to treat qualitative portions of mixed methods projects; Hints and tips for rapid turn-around results; Integrating qualitative software into your analysis approach