Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data in Welfare Policy Evaluations in the United States

Andrew S. London, Saul Schwartz, Ellen K. Scott

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Researchers have made significant efforts to combine quantitative and qualitative methods in welfare reform policy research in the United States. This paper draws on several examples arising from the American experience to argue that mixed-methods research (particularly, but not exclusively, with integrated sampling, data collection, and data analysis) can yield important and unexpected insights that neither method alone could generate. We caution that each method has strengths and weaknesses that must be borne in mind so as not to oversell the promise of mixed-methods research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-353
Number of pages12
JournalWorld Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007



  • United States
  • mixed-methods research
  • policy evaluation
  • poverty
  • welfare reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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