12.9. – 14.11.2018

Mixed-Methods Research in Development Studies

Mixed-Methods Research in Development Studies
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Course Dates: 12.09.2018 - 14.11.2018
Registration Dates: 12.08.2018 - 31.08.2018
Coordinating University: University of Helsinki
Coordinator: Gutu Wayessa (gutu.wayessa@helsinki.fi)
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General

NOTE: Registration to the course is limited to 35 entries, 25 of which will be admitted. The 35 entries will be filled on a first come - first served basis.

Course Summary

This course introduces students to the meaning of mixed-methods (MM) research, the philosophical underpinnings of MM research, various MM designs, sampling and data collection in MM research, and data analysis and interpretations in MM research. 

The aim of the course is to equip students with a third methodological approach, i.e. mixed-methods approach, building on quantitative and qualitative methods. Students are expected to know the basic differences between qualitative and quantitative methods. Preliminary knowledge of ethnography, interviewing, etc. (for qualitative methods), and exposure to survey techniques and basic statistical tools (for quantitative data) are useful but not required as admission criteria. The course aims at enabling students become familiar with the issues at stake in making methodological choices in research.


Students will be familiarized with key issues that should be taken into account when making an informed methodological choice in their own research. At the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • Understand the meaning of mixed-methods research.
  • Outline arguments for and against the use of mixed methods.
  • Explore the complementarities between qualitative and quantitative methods in development research.
  • Identify alternative mixed-methods designs for data collection and analysis.
  • Understand the main elements of data collection and analysis in mixed-methods research.
  • Evaluate studies based on mixed-methods approach.

Learning Methods

  • Self-study of assigned reading materials
  • Online discussion among students, based on assigned reading materials as guided by the course coordinator
  • Web-based learning methods, including online lecture notes, recorded video lectures, and individual and group exercises

Student Assessment 

Grading scale: 1-5. The performance of students will be assessed based on:

  • Participation in online discussion among students (30%) 
  • Group and/or individual assignments (40%) 
  • Written exam (30%)

Additional Information

The maximum number of students for this course is 25.

Study Materials

Creswell, J. W. and V. L. P. Clark. 2011. Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. Second edition. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.

Kanbur, R. and P. Shaffer. 2007. Epistemology, Normative Theory and Poverty Analysis: Implications for Q-squared in Practice. World Development 35(2):183-196.

Plano Clark, V. L. and J. W. Creswell (editors). 2008. The Mixed Methods Reader. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.

Small, M. L. 2011. How to Conduct a Mixed Methods Study: Recent Trends in a Rapidly Growing Literature. Annual Review of Sociology 37:57–86.

Teddlie, C. and A. Tashakkori. 2009. Foundations of Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.

Wayessa, G. O. and A. Nygren. 2016. Whose decisions, whose livelihoods? Resettlement and environmental justice in Ethiopia. Society & Natural Resources 29 (4): 387-402.

Registration for this course is closed.