Advancing Social Science
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Who is IMMR

The Institute for Mixed Methods Research is a global network of social scientists specializing in qualitative and mixed methods research. We offer services and support in our three main areas of expertise:

  1. Research
  2. Professional Development
  3. Consulting

With our experience in a broad range of topics from both research and training perspectives, Institute resources are intended to provide support in every aspect of the research process to help produce high quality, rigorous research.


With our experience in a broad range of topics from both research and training perspectives, Institute resources are intended to provide support in every aspect of the research process to help produce high quality, rigorous research.


We offer consulting and capacity building services designed to assist you and/or your team in your research goals.

Our Leadership Team

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Dr. Michelle Salmona


Michelle serves as President of the Institute for Mixed Methods Research (IMMR) with an academic appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. She has authored multiple books and academic papers including her co-authored book Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Using Dedoose: A Practical Approach for Research Across the Social Sciences. Michelle co-founded IMMR in early 2016 as an academic with over twenty years’ experience as a trainer in the use of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) using Dedoose and NVivo. In addition, she is a credentialed project management professional (PMP) and senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom.

Michelle is a specialist in qualitative and mixed methods research design and analysis, and works as an international consultant in: program evaluation; research design; and mixed-methods and qualitative data analysis using data applications. Her research focus is to better understand how to support doctoral success and strengthen the research process; and build data-driven decision making capacity through technological innovation. Recent research includes exploring the changing practices of qualitative research during the dissertation phase of doctoral studies, and investigating how we bring learning into the use of technology during the research process. Michelle is currently working on projects with researchers from education, information systems, business communication, leadership, and finance.

Dr. Salmona's Google Scholar Page

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Dr. Eli Lieber

Vice President

Dr. Lieber’s 20+ years as an UCLA research psychologist, data analyst, and mixed methods research consulting career has focused on developing and implementing strategies and solutions for effectively and efficiently conducting reliable, valid, and applicable social science research. Initially trained as a quantitative psychologist specializing in social-cognitive development and measurement, his post-doctoral training and subsequent work has included collaborations with colleagues working around the world in a range of social science (and other) disciplines. This experience and expertise with quantitative and qualitative methods has proven ideal for his present focus on integrating methods and research design and developing and leveraging the value of technology in this work—his contributions to the development of Dedoose being one primary outcome.

Beyond technology and consulting, Dr. Lieber’s research interests include the socio-cultural and historical impacts on disease transmission and prevention, Asian and Asian immigrant family experiences, literacy development, children with Type 1 diabetes and their families, social cognitive development, parenting, and the general adaptation of families to the challenges of immigration and a modernizing world. He received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge (1988) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1996). In addition to his work with IMMR, Eli currently holds the positions of Associate Research Psychologist and Co-Director of the Fieldwork and Qualitative Data Research Laboratory, Semel Institute, Center for Culture and Health, UCLA; and CEO of SocioCultural Research Consultants, LLC.

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Dr. Sara E. Grummert

Academic Director

Dr. Sara E. Grummert holds a dual appointment with Dedoose and the Institute for Mixed Methods Research. In her role with IMMR, she leads strategy around how to support the larger academic and research community through data analysis and writing seminars, conducting methods consultations and training workshops, and partnering with other scholars on research design, data collection, and data analysis for educational grants.

Dr. Grummert earned her doctorate at the University of California Riverside in the field of higher education administration and policy. Her areas of methods expertise include qualitative research design, qualitative data analysis, and advancing the use of visual methods. Her broader body of scholarship examines whiteness and antiblackness in higher education, with a focus on how college sport functions in relation to state violence. Additionally, Sara is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Athlete Rights and Equity at the University of California Riverside where she also teaches courses related to research methods and higher education.

Dr. Grummert’s Google Scholar Page

Research and Consulting Services

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Services
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IMMR provides qualitative and mixed methods research services in both collaborative and consulting capacities. From research design to data analysis and visualization, we can assist in your research or perform work on your behalf.

Research Collaboration
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We collaborate with other scholars and practitioners on original research. Given our wide range of expertise, we can match you with a scholar who best fits your project’s purpose and scope.

Grants: Evaluation and Writing
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IMMR provides a variety of grant-related services including grant preparation, evaluation, and writing, as well as large-scale collaborations. Recent work includes a collaboration with the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra and a grant submission to the Spencer Foundation.

Data Analysis
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We offer both training and consultation in qualitative and mixed methods data analysis to help develop your team’s skills and capacity to conduct research independently. We also perform independent data analysis on a variety of qualitative and mixed methods projects.

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We provide training in academic writing and offer feedback related to presenting qualitative and mixed methods findings for articles, books, and dissertations.

Survey Research
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IMMR offers many survey-specific services. These include instrument design, data gathering, data analysis and visualization, and report preparation. As experts in digital tools for mixed methods research, we use innovative approaches to identify key themes and actionable insights for you and your team.

Professional Development and Courses

Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) Research Camp

The BYOD Research Camp is intended for researchers or students who are actively working on a qualitative or mixed methods research project.

Attendees join a once-a-week virtual seminar for 4 weeks to receive instruction on qualitative data analysis to progress their research and writing.

Getting Started with Dedoose

Getting Started with Dedoose is a capacity building session covering topics such as preparing and importing data, coding, memos, and team communication.

This session is the first of a series, which is included in the Capacity Building Bundle below. Sessions can be project-specific and incorporate your own data.

Advanced Data Analysis Using Dedoose

Advanced Data Analysis Using Dedoose is a capacity building session covering topics such as adding quantitative or demographic data to your analysis, exploring patterns and relationships, data visualization, and filtering.

This is the second session of a series which is included in the Capacity Building Bundle below.

Capacity Building Bundle

The Capacity Building Bundle combines two sessions, "Getting Started with Dedoose" and "Advanced Data Analysis Using Dedoose. Throughout each session we facilitate team discussions regarding strengthening your study, how best to use Dedoose for your analysis, techniques for establishing trustworthiness, exploring patterns and relationships in your data, and strategies for writing.

Teams are encouraged to bring a current project they are working on or a concept for an upcoming project.

Virtual Learning Series

The Virtual Learning Series is a two-part interactive workshop that guides researchers through how to use Dedoose in their research. The workshops, with small group work, combine discussion of the theoretical foundations of qualitative data analysis while incorporating a technical understanding of Dedoose's features and functions.

Each session is 3 hours long. Participants will be provided demonstration data to work with throughout the series or you are welcome to follow along with your own.




Excerpts from the forthcoming book

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Using Dedoose: A Practical Approach for Research Across the Social Sciences

Michelle Salmona, Dan Kaczynski, & Eli Lieber

Table 1.4. Strategies for Keeping Going

Table 1.5. Helping you to Start Writing - Adapted from Prewriting (Purdue Online Writing Lab)



Why we use it:

  • Multiple ways to organize thoughts and information
  • Caters to all writing styles
  • Set writing goals and keep track of progress
  • Various tools designed for writers (corkboard, notes, revision mode, etc.)


Why we use it:

  • Analyze qualitative and mixed methods data in real time with other collaborators
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Tools to bridge data analysis and writing
  • Access our data from any computer