Qualitative Experiments for Social Sciences


  • Nadia Steils IAE Lille, University of Lille, Lille Economy and Management, France




qualitative experiments, validity criteria, methodology, qualitative research


Abstract: This paper presents the qualitative experiment as an alternative methodological solution that combines an open qualitative approach, and a structured and controlled experiment. Using three studies, including both a qualitative experiment and a traditional in-depth interviews approach, we compare the findings of both approaches to identify the benefits and risks of qualitative experiments. Our findings contribute by presenting a methodological framework and technical recommendations based on three validity criteria (internal, external, and interpretivist validity). The results thereby contribute methodologically by empirically investigating the usefulness of qualitative experiments based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative validity criteria identified in the literature.


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How to Cite

Nadia Steils. (2021). Qualitative Experiments for Social Sciences. New Trends in Qualitative Research, 6, 24–31. https://doi.org/10.36367/ntqr.6.2021.24-31