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Secondary Data in Mixed Methods Research by Daphne C. Watkins, the latest contribution to the Mixed Methods Research Series, offers unique and necessary instruction in this growing topic. With the increasing amount of secondary data available through journals and repositories, researchers have a trove of sources for new investigations at their fingertips, but few books to guide them. This brief text provides readers with a step-by-step procedure for incorporating secondary data into various mixed methods research designs, as well as identifying key characteristics of existing datasets that make them good candidates for mixed methods projects and giving ideas for new uses of secondary data. Introductory chapters help the reader understand the “what” and “why” of secondary data. Subsequent chapters address the use of secondary data in convergent, exploratory sequential, explanatory sequential, and other complex research designs. The final chapters delve into writing and reporting on projects before, during, and after the project. Quotes throughout the chapter help readers remember key bits of knowledge, while learning objectives and summaries in each chapter structure the reading experience. Application questions at the end of each chapter help readers recall information and apply it to their own research projects. By emphasizing how to use existing qualitative and quantitative datasets in mixed methods research, Secondary Data in Mixed Methods Research will help readers answer new and ongoing questions in social science research. 

PART ONE: An Introduction to Using Existing Data in Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 1 – The Science of Existing Data
Chapter 2 – The What and Why of Using Existing Data for Secondary Purposes in Mixed Methods
Chapter 3 – Choosing Existing Data in Mixed Methods
PART TWO: Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research with Existing Data
Chapter 4 – Convergent Design Using Existing Data
Chapter 5 – Exploratory Sequential Design Using Existing Data
Chapter 6 – Explanatory Sequential Design with Existing Data
Chapter 7 – Complex Applications of the Core Designs with Existing Data
PART THREE: Writing Up Existing Data in Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 8 – Early-Stage and Active Project Writing for Mixed Methods with Existing Data
Chapter 9 – Reporting Mixed Methods with Existing Data
Key features
  • This is the first text to focus on the use of secondary, or existing, data in mixed methods research.
  • Comprehensive text covers how to find and evaluate sources of secondary data through research design and writing and reporting
  • Covers key mixed methods research designs, including convergent, exploratory sequential, and explanatory sequential designs
  • Applicable to disciplines as diverse as anthropology, education, psychology, political science, nursing, sociology, public health, social work, health care management, and health services 
  • Learning objectives and chapter summaries help reinforce the reading and learning experience
  • Application questions help readers think through the implications of the material for their own projects
  • Quotes throughout emphasize important parts of the research process
  • Tips and checklists offer easy organizational tools for researchers

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ISBN: 9781506389578