Use of the transformative framework in mixed methods studies

David Sweetman, Manijeh Badiee, John W. Creswell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

38 Scopus citations


A concern exists that mixed methods studies do not contain advocacy stances. Preliminary evidence suggests that this is not the case, but to address this issue in more depth the authors examined 13 mixed methods studies that contained an advocacy, transformative lens. Such a lens consisted of incorporating intent to advocate for an improvement in human interests and society through addressing issues of power and social relationships. Included for review were 10 criteria for a transformative study and rigorous procedures for mixed methods research. The findings of this study suggested that several transformative criteria are being used in published mixed methods studies but that some are underutilized. This analysis helped advance eight key elements that authors might use for incorporating a transformative lens into a mixed methods study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-454
Number of pages14
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Advocacy
  • Emancipatory
  • Mix methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Multimethod
  • Review
  • Transformative
  • Triangulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Use of the transformative framework in mixed methods studies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this