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!