“Quality is essential to the nature of things. Quantity is elementally the amount of something.”
There are many writings on both the benefits of qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection. Each has stand-out applications for answering certain questions at large. We see the benefit of each, but do not limit these approaches to one or the other when developing research. There are times when quantitative studies will be more useful and there are instances when qualitative studies will be more fruitful. However, there are also occurrences when both approaches, in conjunction, are best. Thus, at MDRG, we are interested in the “WHOLE MIND™”.
So why utilize the WHOLE MIND™?
Both qualitative and quantitative approaches have weaknesses, so in effect where one fails, the other offers support. “Mixed methods combine inductive and deductive thinking and reasoning” (Mahmood 2017). When both are utilized, the qualitative results provide a story or explanation for the numbers. “The researcher can use both words and numbers to communicate the results and findings and thus appeals to a wider audience” (Mahmood 2017). You get counts plus feelings, perceptions, and context. Therefore, the findings are complete, valid, and confirmed through utilizing observations and statistical analyses (Hussein 2009). Because MDRG has dedicated researchers on both sides of the aisle, we offer the WHOLE MIND™ and deliver ample results.
The main benefit of the WHOLE MIND™ is that they are complimentary. Stories and context via qualitative research will back-up the numbers produced by quantitative studies and vice versa (i.e. statistical significance to back-up stories). In other words, stories and context bring numbers to life. By using mixed-methods, you bolster the strengths and neutralize weaknesses of each approach.