CQMI at Syracuse University
The Center for
Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry aims to further develop Maxwell’s
reputation as a leader in qualitative and multi-method research, to advance
research transparency initiatives, and to help coordinate related activities in
Maxwell and across the SU campus.
School is a leader in interdisciplinary, problem‐driven approaches to social
inquiry and in the application of research to practice. CQMI's focus on
multi-method research practices is consistent with Maxwell's robust claim to
national and international leadership in this research tradition. Multi‐method
research is, by its very nature, open‐minded about the different and
complementary strengths of disparate techniques and the contributions that combining
them can make. Its pluralism requires an acceptance of multiple sources of
rigor and insight which deeply resonates with the eclecticism of problem‐driven
CQMI will increase the visibility of the depth and breadth of methods expertise
and training already available at SU. For example, the Center will seek to
establish a listing of Maxwell's faculty expertise in different methods, as
well as maintain a comprehensive database of opportunities for training in
research methods offered by the various Maxwell departments. Because not all
departments are able to field as many methods courses as they would
like, the course database can help students identify alternatives.
While departments already publicize this information, a centralized and
standardized database can enhance existing coordination.