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The key points from this module are:
The relationship between ideas and evidence
Twin danger of upholding ideas without evidence or defending ideas only with evidence which supports them.
Ideas, in turn, can support the nature and direction of public action
Evidence mostly consists of both quantitative and qualitative data.


Where data do not support your arguments
Do not announce in advance what your research will show or prove.
In light of your data critically evaluate your policy position.
Reassess whether you have used the correct methodology and analyze the data properly.
Ask whether your data is relevant to the policy debate.

Mixed methods research or mixed research is defined as a class of research where the researcher mixes or combines quantitative and qualitative data or research in different forms.
Mixed methods approaches falls under four heads: Philosophical assumptions, Strategies of inquiry, Methods and Practices of research as the researcher.

Mixed methods visual models
Sequential Designs
Concurrent Designs
Survey research is a method of data collection or tool to aid in gathering information.
There are three types of surveys
Self-administered questionnaires
Interview surveys
Telephone surveys