Mixed methods research is increasingly valued, although little attention has been placed on how to execute such projects well to achieve optimal publication for impact. Multiple publications from a single study allow scholars to explicate findings that cannot be contained in a single article and which address different aspects of study findings. This article contributes to the fields of mixed methods research by building on their roots in pragmatism, which we argue calls for effective research studies resulting in published findings. This article proposes a project management framework and describes how to optimize mixed methods manuscript production during each of 5 research phases. We describe lessons learned from project management and implementation of our own mixed methods projects to help research teams build quality projects with optimal publication outputs and impact.


Research Design, Data Reporting, Mixed Methods, Qualitative Research, Publication Productivity

Author Bio(s)

Abigail Baim-Lance is a Health Services Research Specialist at the Veterans Health Administration, an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and an affiliated Investigator with the Institute for Implementation Science for Population Health at the City University of New York Graduate School in Public Health and Health Policy. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: abigail.baim-lance@va.gov.

Anthony John Onwuegbuzie is a British-American educational psychologist who is a senior research associate at the University of Cambridge. In addition, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg; Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa; Visiting Senior Scholar, St. John’s University, New York; and an Honorary Recognised Supervisor (Online), University of Liverpool. He is former editor of Educational Researcher. He is currently a co-editor of Research in the Schools and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. In 2016, he was the president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: tonyonwuegbuzie@aol.com.

Jennifer Wisdom is a licensed clinical psychologist who leads Wisdom Consulting, a full service consulting firm that focuses on change management and leadership development. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: jennifer@leadwithwisdom.com.


We appreciate suggestions and insight from Carla A. Green, Leslie Curry, Zahirah Alleyne-McNatt, and Neely Myers on previous versions of this manuscript. We appreciate suggestions from reviewers as well. This work was completed while A.B.-L. and J.P.W. were at the City University of New York and while A.J.O. was at Sam Houston State University and the University of Cambridge.

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