3 reasons dissertations should use mixed methods

  1. Researchers who include interviews or other types of fieldwork in their dissertation projects are more likely to discover hidden or novel quantitative datasets. Researchers with quantitative skills are more likely to be extract useful information from those sorts of datasets.
  2. Getting hired requires satisfying diverse constituencies. It’s good to have many ways to talk with the people you meet during interviews. Some of those constituencies will probably value fieldwork.
  3. The dissertation is like a rehearsal – it’s an opportunity to rehearse, in a large-scale project, all of those methods you learned in class. Why emphasize only a subset?

Are there other, less-particularistic reasons? Comments are closed but feel free to respond to me on Twitter at @abwhitford.

Data for dissertations August 28, 2017

35514 Quantifying the Size and Geographic Extent of CCTV’s Impact on Reducing Crime in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003-2013

35613 Expanded Assessment of the Consequences of Imprisonment for Employment in Maricopa County, Arizona from 2011-2012

36624 Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 5, 1972

36645 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Burundi, 2014

36679 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde, 2014

New data from ICPSR

36760 Annual Survey of Jails, 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36760.v1

36800 Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Subject Measures – Scales, 2000-2010 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36800.v1

36825 Child Care and Development Fund Administrative Data, Federal Fiscal Year 2014 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36825.v1

36842 Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Third Quarter 2016 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36842.v1

Policy Design and Practice

I’ve joined the Scientific Board of Policy Design and Practice, a new journal from Taylor & Francis that will begin publication in 2018. The journal is sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Michael Howlett and M Ramesh will co-edit the journal. I’ll post more information along the way about the journal.