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Mixed Methods Research with MAXQDA: Practices and Techniques (RSS2.03) - Confirmed

This is a practical course designed to assist you in developing and executing a mixed method research (MMR) project. The mixed methods approach is increasingly deployed by researchers across social science disciplines. If designed correctly, mixed methods research can significantly strengthen the validity of one’s empirical findings, offset the weaknesses of single-method studies, and answer multiple questions in a single project.

Duration: one-week.



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    The best contemporary social science research is interdisciplinary. This implies not only working across epistemological and ontological lines, but also deploying multiple methodological approaches to analyze qualitative and quantitative data. The leading social science journals and book publishers increasingly feature two or more different social science methodologies, widely known as mixed method research (MMR). The value of drawing on more than one methodological approach is that many ”big” research questions can only be answered by examining processes taking place across multiple temporal and spatial domains at different levels of analysis. To assess the nature and scope of these processes, today’s researchers increasingly draw on more than one methodology to shed light on multiple facets of social science questions in hopes of achieving greater explanatory leverage as well as descriptively rich empirical results. 

    • Day 1 covers the uses and attractiveness of mixed methods research by discussing best practices and first principles of MMR and by reviewing practical examples. We break down the logic of the MMR approach and discuss research questions that are particularly well-suited for MMR. The first day also covers the limitations and challenges you are likely to face in applying MMR to your own research projects, as well as common templates that you can adapt to your own use. The remainder of the course introduces you to MAXQDA and discusses how to use it to execute mixed methods research using class exercises. 
    • Day 2 covers traditional positivist MMR in mainstream social science. This typically combines regression analysis with small-N case analysis. On this day, you look at a range of ways that positivist researchers combine qualitative and quantitative data to answer your research questions. You discuss examples of these positivist projects with a focus on logico-deductive theory development, hypothesis testing, and concept definition and measurement. You also learn how to sequence and blend different methods components differently depending on the researcher’s unique goals. This day is heavy weighted toward developing causal mechanisms, covering how to combine statistical analysis with small-N comparative studies, and how to combine micro-level experimental or other survey research undertaken at the individual level with macro-level analysis undertaken at higher levels of analysis. 
    • Day 3 focuses on how to combine different qualitative research techniques in a single positivist research design. For example, some researchers use historical comparative analysis to examine a small set of cases comparatives over long periods of time. This can be done using comparative analysis of two to four cases using periodization analysis or critical juncture analysis. Another variety combines comparative or medium-N (QCA) analysis of multiple cases with a single in-depth case study analysis or comparative analysis using cross-temporal or –sectional analysis of states, institutions, groups, or individuals. The focus on Day 3 is how to combine cross-historical or comparative research using periodization strategies with single or paired case studies using pattern-matching and process-tracing.
    • Day 4 covers hybrid MMR projects that cross epistemological lines. These combine positivist and non-positivist techniques in an approach known as ”analytical eclecticism” or "critical realism." While less mainstream than positivist hybrids (Days 2 and 3), the combination of interpretivist research techniques with positivist research design principles or positivist methods has gained momentum across a number of social science fields. As in the previous two days, class exercises will be conducted in MAXQDA to show how interpretivist data and analysis can be combined with more mainstream positivist data and analysis in a single project. 
    • Day 5 is meant to pull it all together, focusing on the data analysis, data displays, and the ”write-up,” namely how to derive empirical generalizations across different analyses and how to integrate these findings in a single, readable research report. On this day, we review methods for displaying findings visually in tables, charts, and figures, and show how to use MAXQDA to visualize data in new and exciting ways, using sample corpora provided by the instructor.

    This course is heavily weighted toward examples, class exercises and workshopping student assignments, with extensive instructor feedback on optional written assignments. As such, the course is intended to guide you through the process of fitting an appropriately tailored MMR design to your research question, establish a plan to assess your empirical claims using a combination of research methods, and work out how to approach, collect and analyze different types of empirical data at multiple levels of analysis and across different spatial and temporal domains using MAXQDA.


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    Erin K. Jenne

    Erin K. Jenne

    Erin K. Jenne (Stanford University, PhD) is a professor at the International Relations Department at Central European University in Vienna, Austria, where she teaches MA and PhD courses on mixed qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnic conflict management, international relations theory, nationalism and populism, foreign policy analysis and international security. Jenne received her PhD in political science with concentrations in comparative politics, international relations and organizational theory. She has received numerous grants and fellowships. Her first book, Ethnic Bargaining: The Paradox of Minority Empowerment (Cornell University Press, 2007) is the winner of Mershon Center’s Edgar S. Furniss Book Award in 2007 and was also named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. The book is based on her dissertation, which won the Seymour Martin Lipset Award for Best Comparativist Dissertation. Her second book, Nested Security: Lessons in Conflict Management from the League of Nations and the European Union (Cornell University Press, 2015) explores how emerging domestic struggles can be contained through soft power mediation. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Civil Wars, International Studies Review, Research and Politics, Journal of Democracy, Nationalities Papers and Ethnopolitics. She was an associate editor for the Journal of Foreign Policy Analysis and has served in several capacities on the Emigration, Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section of the International Studies Association and the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She has taught courses on longitudinal case study analysis and mixed methods research at the ECPR Summer School and the MethodsNET Summer School. She won the CEU Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 and the CEU Research Excellence Award in 2022.

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    Includes: your course, short morning and late afternoon courses, coffee and tea during breaks, a warm lunch every day, Official Opening, MethodsNET Café (including some drinks and snacks) Official Closing (with some drinks and snacks) and a 1-year (2024 calendar year) free membership as MethodsNET regular member.

    Excludes: transport, accommodation, social events and other costs. 

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