Mixed Methods and Multimethod Social Research

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The network Mixed Methods and Multimethod Social Research promotes interdisciplinary and international dialog between reserachers in the field of mixed and multimethod research. Its central topics mirror current methodological issues, such as MMMR approaches to causal analysis, integrative methods of data collection and analysis, or quality criteria and best-practice standards.

Our biannual workshop meetings provide opportunities to develop joint research projects and exchange ideas and criticism with international experts in the field.

The network is funded by the German Research Foundation . It started its activities in January 2018 and will receive funding over a period of three years. Its membership  includes early career researchers as well as experienced experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, working in the fields of sociology, political science, educational science, and psychology.

The research network Mixed Methods and Multi-Method Social Research works to improve the quality and prevalence of empirical social research combining different (qualitative and/or quantitative) methods approaches. Network activities aim to increase the visibility and intensity of scientific debate in three main areas: Investigating the methodological and epistemological groundwork of method integration, advancing integrative research methods and design, intensifying dialog across methodological, disciplinary, and regional divides. The network proceedings are guided by an inclusive concept of mixed methods and multimethod research (MMMR), and the definition of three main project goals.

Read our Extended Mission Statement here!


On May 23-25 our fourth network meeting on “Methods for Integrative Data Analysis” took place at Goettingen University.

In addition to our public keynotes on May 24, our network meeting included a pre-conference on “Data Analysis and Sampling in Mixed Methods and Multimethod Social Research” on  May 23.

A short description of workshop proceedings is available here.

Videos of the keynote presentations by Pat Bazeley (Western Sydney University) and Sarah Irwin (University of Leeds) will soon be available here.

Our third workshop meeting on “Sampling, Data Collection and Data Combinations in Mixed Methods and Multimethod Research” took place at TU Berlin, Januar 17-19, in collaboration with the DFG Collaborate Research Centre „Re-Figuration of Spaces“ (SFB 1265) and the DFG Graduate School “Innovation Society Today” (GRK 1672)!

A short description of workshop proceedings is available here.

Videos of the keynote presentations by Nigel Fielding (University of Surrey) and Lisa D. Pearce (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will soon be available here.

We are very happy to announce that the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) has joined our research network! DEval is the first non-university member of the network and contributes valuable experience in practical research and evaluation in the field of development cooperation.

„Complex evaluations require an effective and efficient combination of methods in order to generate reliable evidence“ says Dr Sven Harten, department head of the Competence Centre for Evaluation Methodology of DEval. That’s why the department has recently established a research program on Method Integration in Complex Evaluation. In order to strengthen cooperation with German and Austrian universities leading in mixed and multi-methods, DEval now joins the MMMR Research Network.

The Research Network’s second workshop on “mixed methods and multimethod research for causala analysis” took place July 5-7, 2018 at the University of Cologne!

A short description of workshop proceedings is available here.

Videos of the keynote presentations by Gary Goertz (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) and Joseph Maxwell (George Mason University, Virginia) are available here.

The Research Network’s first workshop took place on January 26/27 2018 at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg!

A short description of workshop proceedings is available here.

Videos of the workshop presentations can be found here.


Letzte Änderung: 5. June 2019