Mixed Method Data Collection Strategies

Mixed Method Data Collection Strategies

Social scientists have long relied on a wide range of tools to collect information about the social world, but as individual fields have become more specialised, researchers are trained to use a narrow range of the possible data collection methods. This book, first published in 2006, draws on a broad range of available social data collection methods to formulate a set of data collection approaches. The approaches described here are ideal for social science researchers who plan to collect new data about people, organisations, or social processes. Axinn and Pearce present methods designed to create a comprehensive empirical description of the subject being studied, with an emphasis on accumulating the information needed to understand what causes what with a minimum of error. In addition to providing methodological motivation and underlying principles, the book is filled with detailed instructions and concrete examples for those who wish to apply the methods to their research.


"This book provides the motivation for rethinking various data collection techniques and serves as a field guide to particular tools that can be used as they are, with some modification, or as inspiration for the creation of new mixed method strategies...Its focus on the role of the researcher should be of value to social scientists involved in field research and to those who are not." - Studies in Family Planning

"...a useful addition to the literature on mixed methods research..." - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"There are now a fair number of book-length treatments of mixed-methods approaches, each with their strengths and weaknesses.... However, it is fair to say that the existing literature does not speak as directly to the needs and concerns of development economists as the book under review by William Axinn and Lisa Pearce." - Economic Development and Cultural Change