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Research and Evaluation: The Practices, Politics, and Possibilities of Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
Journal Title: RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione 
Author/s: Jennifer Greene 
Year:  2020 Issue: 76 Language: English 
Pages:  14 Pg. 19-32 FullText PDF:  275 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RIV2020-076002
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For several decades now, researchers and evaluators around the globe have turned to a mixed methods approach to social inquiry as a strategy for "better understanding" the important social phenomena be-ing studied. One accomplishment of this time period is the elaboration of varied methodological framework(s) and approaches for mixed methods practice by many theorists and practitioners. It is now im-portant to turn our attention to the politics of mixed methods social in-quiry, which can also enlighten our thinking about mixed methods pos-sibilities, including the contributions that mixed methods social inquiry can make to our increasingly troubled world. Within social science, politics generally refers to the values that are advanced by a given study. Values are most commonly conveyed through our designated inquiry purpose and audience, key inquiry questions, and accompany-ing methodological design. This presentation will engage this important topic using the formal language of methodology and the common lan-guage of storytelling.
Keywords: Social inquiry, evaluation, storytelling, politics, values, mixed methods practices

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Jennifer Greene, in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 76/2020, pp. 19-32, DOI:10.3280/RIV2020-076002


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