Stake’s and Yin’s Philosophical Assumptions

A Comparison of Stake’s and Yin’s Philosophical Assumptions. Philosophical Assumptions Constructivist Assumptions (Stake, 1995, 2005) Postpositivist Assumptions (Yin, 2003, 2009) Ontology: What is the nature of reality? Reality is subjective; subjectivity is an essential aspect of understanding. The emphasis is on holistic treatment of phenomena, with elements intricately linked. Understanding phenomena requires looking at a… Continue reading Stake’s and Yin’s Philosophical Assumptions

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Why access should be so important

Do you think access should be so important? In other words, the one-shot, posttest-only design as a quasi-experimental design still may be flawed, but case studies have now been recognized as something different, with their own research designs. Unfortunately, case study designs have not been codified. The following chapter therefore expands on the ground broken… Continue reading Why access should be so important

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Components of Research Designs

Components of Research Designs In case study research, five components of a research design are especially important: 1. A case study’s questions; 2. Its propositions, if any; 3. Its case(s); 4. The logic linking the data to the propositions; and 5. The criteria for interpreting the findings. Study questions. This first component has already been… Continue reading Components of Research Designs

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Fireworks display as a public good

An example of a public good is a fireworks display.  Nobody can be excluded from enjoying them, and this leads to a “free-rider” problem.  But there are also an “economies of scale” aspect of it: watching a grand fireworks gives much more pleasure than just a few sparkles in a backyard – which leads to the fact… Continue reading Fireworks display as a public good

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Focus Groups and Individual Interviews

Focus Groups and Individual Interviews We used a purposeful, criterion-based convenience sam- pling method (Patton, 1990) to identify data, participants, and sources. At each site, individuals thought to possess the knowledge about the implementation of the Falls BPG were identified and their involvement was requested. We identified nurses with particular criteria for involve- ment. Questions… Continue reading Focus Groups and Individual Interviews

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Assignment on Study propositions

Study propositions. As for the second component, each proposition directs attention to something that should be examined within the scope of study. For instance, assume that your research, on the topic of interorganizational partnerships, began with the following question: How and why do organizations collaborate with one another to provide joint services (e.g., a manufacturer and… Continue reading Assignment on Study propositions

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Definition of Research Designs

Definition of Research Designs Every type of empirical research study has an implicit, if not explicit, research design. In the most elementary sense, the design is the logical sequence that connects the empirical data to a study’s initial research questions and, ultimately, to its conclusions. Colloquially, a research design is a logical plan for getting from… Continue reading Definition of Research Designs

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Promoting Action Research in Health Services

We selected the Promoting Action Research in Health Services (PARiHS) framework (Kitson, Harvey, & McCormack, 1998) to provide a way of thinking about the research, direct the data collection, and organize the emerging findings without imposing the structure of a conceptual framework advocated by Yin. It provided the classification schema we needed without confining the… Continue reading Promoting Action Research in Health Services

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