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date: 23 August 2019

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The first purpose of this chapter is to discuss validity and the varying ways that researchers interpret it. The second purpose is to present guidelines designed to facilitate researchers’ efforts to devise, to apply, and to evaluate quality criteria that meet the standard of rigor in multimethod and mixed research1 (MMMR). First, a discussion of MMMR methodology is presented, and embedded in this discussion is the importance of integration as a characteristic defining MMMR as high-quality research. Second, examples of researchers’ interpretations of validity are presented. Aspects of quality criteria that are related to the three research paradigms dominating contemporary social science research accompany these examples. Third, examples of high-quality research frameworks applicable for MMMR are detailed. This chapter concludes with an outline of a criterion sample of articles to illustrate how researchers are designing, applying, and evaluating quality criteria in practice.

Keywords: integration, high-quality research, validity, quality criteria, frameworks

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