Welcome Message from the Conference Chair
On behalf of the Mixed Methods International Research Association- Caribbean Chapter (MMIRA-CC) organizing committee, I am honoured and delighted to welcome you to the 2019 Mixed Methods Conference at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad. I am equally excited about the record number of sessions, and wide variety of ideas that scholars and practitioners will bring into our fold. This richness of ideas bodes well for the Mixed Methods research field. The theme for this year’s conference is “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches: Tensions, Challenges and Possibilities.”
I hope that this conference will allow the participants a productive discourse that will not only serve to improve the quality of current research projects but also help to build research capacity within the region thereby enabling knowledge transfer to corporate and non-corporate organizations. It is the vision of the UWI to build capacity in research and this conference is a vehicle to improving the quality, quantity and impact of research among all its participants.
This third regional conference follows the design and format of its predecessors, expertly organised by a team led by Dr. Loraine Cook, Immediate Past President of the recently launched Caribbean Chapter of the MMIRA. Since the inaugural conference at Mona campus in 2015, the community of mixed methods practioners has grown locally, regionally and internationally. We do hope you maximize the opportunities to network and connect. Our academic/industry partnerships have enabled us to offer you a high quality experience and we thank our academic and non-academic sponsors sincerely for their support.
I hope that you shall find the speakers and topics most informative. We have provided ample time for questions and discussions to engage the member audience. Some of the underlying issues will be covered in depth in our workshops. Workshops are designed along three themes: Design and Implementation, Cultural Contexts and Dissemination and are facilitated by global experts in the field. I am also particularly excited about the upcoming presentations from our austere keynote speakers Professors Creswell, Cheryl Poth and Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie.
The organizing committee has worked diligently to incorporate a mix of events for a heightened experience and we are delighted to have you with us in Trinidad. We anticipate excitement, fun and deepening of learning. All members of our team are available to assist you, as needed. I hope you will enjoy the content, renew old friendships, make new friends, get new ideas, and above all, have a good time.
The Organizing Committee looks forward to meeting you.
Dr. Vimala Judy Kamalodeen