Research Methods & Design

Research Methods & Design  

Mixed methods is an emergent research methodology that advances systematic integration of qualitative and quantitative data within a single sustained program or investigation of an enquiry (Creswell, 2015). Mixed methods therefore permits more synergistic and complete utilization of data than what separate quantitative and qualitative data analysis and collection techniques can do. This paper therefore gives an account of how mixed methods will be used in data the analysis of the research and how the methods will be used to explain the expected results of the study. 

According to Plano & Ivankova (2016), a well-designed mixed methods study in my project will be used in many ways. First, the method will be used in analyzing and collecting both qualitative and quantitative data. Secondly, the method will be used in ensuring that rigorous procedures of data collection and analysis appropriate to qualitative and quantitative traditions methods are employed to ensure appropriate sample sizes are used in both methods. Besides, the mixed methods will be used in integrating collection, analysis and discussion of data. Mixed method will also include procedures that implement quantitative and qualitative methods either sequentially or concurrently with same of different samples. Moreover, the method will include framing of procedures within theoretical/philosophical research models when the research will require understanding of multiple perspectives on the research (Creswell, 2015). For instance when seeking to understand what community, inmates, law enforcers, and counsellors believe to be a smooth reentry. 

Mixed methods are believed to be an ideal technique to assess complex interventions. To enhance the research findings of the study, I will choose from five primary mixed methods designs according to the questions that I will need to answer in the study. During explanation of the anticipated findings, I will validate the research findings using quantitative and qualitative data sources. In this category, I will use convergent designs to compare findings from the two main methods. To achieve the expected results, data for both methods will be collected at the same time, assessment of the data will be done using parallel constructs; both data will be analyzed separately, and comparison of the data done in side by side comparison discussion; and jointly present the two sets of data (Plano & Ivankova, 2016). In this study, I will gather qualitative data to assess personal experiences of inmates while survey instrument will be used to measure the quality of services offered to the inmates. The two data sets can validate each other.

Moreover, to enrich and explain the anticipated findings, I will use qualitative data to explore quantitative findings. The method is known as explanatory sequential design that has two phases. The first phase is quantitative phase and the second phase is the qualitative data phase. Qualitative phase will build directly from the quantitative phase. As a result, quantitative data will be explored and explained in depth by qualities data (Creswell, 2015). Therefore, mixed method will be used to explain qualitatively how quantitative mechanisms can work. 

The integration of qualitative and quantitative data is a form of mixed study method that will strengthens the rigor and enriches the findings of my research. By carefully selecting the mixed method design to use in my research, I will be in a position to facilitate deeper and more meaningful learning with regards to the best ways of facilitating easy reentry in the society. Mixed methods will therefore provide an in-depth analysis of the research findings and making informed inferences.


Creswell, J. W. (2015). A concise introduction to mixed methods research. Los Angeles [u.a.: SAGE.

Plano, C. V. L., & Ivankova, N. V. (2016). Mixed methods research: A guide to the field.

Order a unique copy of this paper
(550 words)

Approximate price: $22

Basic features
  • Free title page and bibliography
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Plagiarism-free guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 support
On-demand options
  • Writer’s samples
  • Part-by-part delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Copies of used sources
  • Expert Proofreading
Paper format
  • 275 words per page
  • 12 pt Arial/Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • Any citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard)

Our guarantees

At Solution Essays, we are determined to deliver high-quality papers to our clients at a fair price. To ensure this happens effectively, we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees. This guarantees will ensure you enjoy using our website which is secure and easy to use.

Money-back guarantee

Most companies do not offer a money-back guarantee but with Solution Essays, it’s either a quality paper or your money back. Our customers are assured of high-quality papers and thus there are very rare cases of refund requests due to quality concern.

Read more

Zero-plagiarism guarantee

All our papers are written from scratch and according to your specific paper instructions. This minimizes any chance of plagiarism. The papers are also passed through a plagiarism-detecting software thus ruling out any chance of plagiarism.

Read more

Free-revision policy

We offer free revisions in all orders delivered as long as there is no alteration in the initial order instruction. We will revise your paper until you are fully satisfied with the order delivered to you.

Read more

Privacy policy

All data on our website is stored as per international data protection rules. This ensures that any personal data you share with us is stored safely. We never share your personal data with third parties without your consent.

Read more

Fair-cooperation guarantee

Ordering and sending money to us is an indication that you are purchasing our products and services. To have business talks laid out in the official language, you can check on our terms and conditions and get more information about this.

Read more

Calculate the price of your order

550 words
We'll send you the first draft for approval by September 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Total price:
The price is based on these factors:
Academic level
Number of pages
Order your essay today and save 20% with the discount code: LEMONADEPlace Order