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date: 21 February 2020

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This chapter presents participatory mixed methods research (PMMR), based on participatory action research, as an alternative to using solely quantitative or qualitative research methods. This approach is illustrated through research with a community-based network of resident-run, substance abuse recovery homes, Oxford House. Participatory input from community members led to a series of mixed methods investigations, the results of which were more informative, revealing, and relevant than they would have been otherwise. The ultimate goal of PMMR is to gain a greater understanding of multiple phenomena of interest (Rappaport, 1987), multiple truths through dialectical pluralism (Johnson, 2012; Johnson & Stefurak, 2013), greater ecological understandings of pressing societal challenges, and ethically putting that knowledge toward action. Future directions are discussed.

Keywords: participatory mixed method research, participatory action research, mixed methods, substance abuse, Oxford House

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