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Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking - Reading Qualitative Educational Policy Research

Policy Brief - May 04, 2016

Author(s) - William J. Mathis, University of Colorado Boulder

According to William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center, both quantitative and qualitative research methods have the ability to inform policymaking. In particular, qualitative research can fill in gaps in our understanding that quantitative methods cannot capture. Mathis says, “Regardless of the research method used, readers should insist on high-quality work.” This short, concise policy brief provides questions that readers can look for of quality qualitative research.