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date: 17 January 2020

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Mixed methods research (MMR) has struggled to bridge paradigms that differ starkly on two central concepts—causality and generalizability. This chapter depicts the differences and the efforts made to bridge them. However, MMR can go beyond sheer bridging and strive to create an integrated craft. In particular, both the qualitative and quantitative camps have left four procedures underspecified: triangulating, examining plausible rival explanations, analyzing mixed methods data, and making analytic generalizations. For instance, no criteria exist to show whether a study has sufficiently triangulated or examined rivals. If MMR developed operational benchmarks, its studies could then use all four procedures in a compelling manner. In so doing, MMR might become a truly blended craft—not just one that bridges existing paradigms.

Keywords: causality, generalizability, paradigms, bridging, integrated, triangulation, plausible rival explanations, analytic generalizations

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