Towards full integration of quantitative and qualitative methods in case study research: Insights from investigating child welfare inequalities
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Mason, W., Morris, K., Webb, C., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Bywaters, P., Mirza, N., Hooper, J., Brady, G., Bunting, L. & Scourfield, J. (2020) Towards full integration of quantitative and qualitative methods in case study research: Insights from investigating child welfare inequalities. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 14(2), pp. 164-183.
Delineation of the full integration of quantitative and qualitative methods throughout all stages of multisite mixed methods case study projects remains a gap in the methodological literature. This article offers advances to the field of mixed methods by detailing the application and integration of mixed methods throughout all stages of one such project; a study of child welfare inequalities. By offering a critical discussion of site selection and the management of confirmatory, expansionary and discordant data, this article contributes to the limited body of mixed methods exemplars specific to this field. We propose that our mixed methods approach provided distinctive insights into a complex social problem, offering expanded understandings of the relationship between poverty, child abuse and neglect.