Workshops: Wednesday

Workshop One: Editorial Workshop Panel
Panel: The Editorial Workshop will be presented as a Panel of those senior MMR academics who currently have roles as Journal Editors or have in the past.

Targeted attendees: Anyone that wants to submit journal submissions based on a MMR study or a MMR methodology papers

Key issues will be discussed in terms of what makes for a successful submission and what the Editors are looking for in submissions. Key pitfalls of submissions will also be addressed.

Workshop Two: Heart & Soul of Mixed Methods: The Importance of Culture     
Presenter:  Assoc Prof Caryn West
Targeted attendees: Novice researchers, Cross cultural researchers 

As researchers we know that each culture is unique.  Differences exist and they are easily quantified and described: country, region, language, traditions, beliefs, religion, family and so on.  In fact we have become so good at identifying the differences in cultures that we often overlook things.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr Seuss

Although mixed methods is a particularly useful when researching cultural experiences related to phenomena too often we fall short of our responsibility to be truly culturally inclusive. From the first notion of an idea, scholarly research is informed by a philosophical stance. Captured within that philosophical stance are the researcher’s beliefs, values and assumptions, in essence their view of reality.  Historically in academia a Western approached to research has been employed, which although a suitable blueprint for processes, lacks the innate insight Indigenous paradigms inherently bring to the research.
In order to unfold the rich layers of a culture, researchers need t be consciously and continuously aware of culture and what drives it. Above and beyond the simplistic differences of country, region, language and traditions the very essence of culture in reflected in the history of a people. It is in the arts, our collective heritages, our local and national economies, and in the everyday objects we value and use.  It is a sense of belonging, of wellness and learning, and of growth and healing.

This workshop aims to explore the importance of cultural engagement throughout the research process and how this can be reciprocally beneficial for both researcher and the community involved

Workshop Three: Creating Joint Displays to Facilitate Integration: A Step-by-Step Approach
Presenter: Dr Timothy Guetterman
Targeted attendees:
The workshop is intended for any individuals (faculty, staff, students, other researchers) who have some foundational understanding of mixed methods. Because the workshop includes a review of integration strategies for major mixed methods designs, it is appropriate for beginners. It will be particularly helpful to: 1) anyone planning a mixed methods study to ensure meaningful integration, 2) individuals who are currently conducting a mixed methods study as a framework to think about integration, and 3) those writing a mixed methods
manuscript as a way to represented integrated analyses.

Integration of qualitative and quantitative methods is the key feature of mixed methods research that distinguishes it from other approaches. However, integration remains somewhat elusive and a challenge for researchers. Recent literature, such as the Bazeley (2018) textbook address integration squarely and tout its importance and value to mixed methods. Nevertheless, researchers need applied and hands on guidance in
thinking about integration. One approach that provides a framework to think about integration are joint displays. Joint displays are a way to visually integrate qualitative and quantitative results and to represent integration in proposals, manuscripts, and dissertations (Guetterman, Creswell, & Kuckartz, 2015; Guetterman, Fetters, & Creswell, 2015) . Joint displays have emerged as a state-of-the art procedure in mixed methods research. Drawing from numerous disciplines, the beginning of this workshop will review three procedures for achieving integration and discuss exemplar joint displays connected to procedures for integration and the overall mixed methods design. The majority of the workshop is hands on and will focus on selecting an appropriate joint display and creating a mock joint display. We will review template joint displays to assist with their construction. Even for researchers at the planning stage, envisioning joint displays is useful to ensure meaningful integration.

Bazeley, P. (2018). Integrating analyses in mixed methods research. London, UK: SAGE.
Guetterman, T., Creswell, J. W., & Kuckartz, U. (2015). Using joint displays and MAXQDA software to represent the results of mixed methods research. In M. McCrudden, G. Schraw & C. Buckendahl (Eds.), Use of visual displays in research and testing: Coding, interpreting, and reporting data (pp. 145-176). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Guetterman, T. C., Fetters, M. D., & Creswell, J. W. (2015). Integrating quantitative and qualitative results in health science mixed methods research through joint displays. The Annals of Family Medicine, 13(6), 554-561. doi: 10.1370/afm.1865

Timothy C. Guetterman, PhD, is an applied research methodologist specialized in mixed methods research.  He writes empirical and methodological articles and books to advance rigorous methods of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. Tim’s methodological research focuses on integrating qualitative and quantitative research using visual joint displays and intersecting qualitative designs with mixed methods research. Tim’s empirical work uses mixed methods research to investigate the use of technology in health, health education, and educational assessment. 

Workshop Four: Mixed Methods Data Analysis using a Web Based Application
Presenters:Dr Michelle Salmona Institute & Prof. Dan Kaczynski Institute for Mixed Methods Research

Targeted attendees: Faculty, graduate research students

Researchers are increasingly adopting the use of data analysis software and computer applications for mixed methods studies. This workshop will discuss the impact of new developments in technology and the use of Dedoose, a cloud-based data application, to identify, manage and analyse qualitative and mixed methods data. An overview of analysis strategies will be woven throughout the seminar. Discussion will highlight the influence that research design decisions have upon the methodology and, ultimately, the quality and credibility of a study.
There will be activities and exercises for participants to gain practical hands-on skills using this innovative mixed-methods application which promotes collaboration and teamwork, and the production of trustworthy results and findings. This hands-on interactive workshop will feature the use of Dedoose as a technological tool to help researchers manage and analyse a growing range of social science data.
The workshop will also explore and discuss strategies for multiple members of a research team to work simultaneously, in real-time, from any Internet connected device. Workshop participants will be encouraged to discuss team strategies which improve the quality and efficiency of analysis results and presentation of findings.
Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop and digital data to work with during the workshop. One month’s free access to Dedoose will be available for new users during the workshop (no downloaded software required). Just turn up with your laptop. There will be ample opportunity to try out various features within the cloud. Having the use of a laptop or tablet during the workshops will enhance participants’ overall learning experience.

Professor Dan Kaczynski is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mixed Methods Research (IMMR).  He is currently appointed as a Professor supervising doctoral candidates at the University of Canberra, Australia and is Professor Emeritus at Central Michigan University.  Dan’s research interests in the United States and Australia advance technological innovations in qualitative and mixed methods data analysis in the social sciences.
Dan is actively engaged as a program evaluation consultant and has over 20 years’ consulting experience conducting state, national and international evaluations.  He has held leadership roles in program administration and as a research center director with extensive experience as Principal Investigator of over $35 million in grant awards.  His work has been shared professionally with over 230 professional presentations nationally and internationally.  Dan has written over 40 published research articles and co-authored six books and book chapters.  In addition, Dan has supervised over 95 doctoral dissertations and professional specialist thesis. 

Dr. Michelle Salmona is President of the Institute for Mixed Methods Research (IMMR) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. With a background as a project management professional and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, she is a specialist in research design, methods and analysis.  Michelle is a co-founder of IMMR, building global collaborations for grant development, and customized training and consultancy services for individuals and groups engaged in mixed-methods and qualitative analysis.

Michelle works as an international consultant in program evaluation; research design; and mixed-methods and qualitative data analysis using data applications.  Her research focus is to better understand the research process; and build data-driven decision making capacity in the corporate world, and she is particularly interested in the relationship between digital tools and doctoral success.  Michelle is currently working on projects with researchers from education, information systems, business communication, leadership, and finance.

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