chapter  15
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Building, Aggregating, and Synthesizing

PUTTING RESEARCH PRODUCTS TO USE In recognition of the inherent limits of any single qualitative study and the overwhelming need to develop increasingly complex and comprehensive bodies of knowledge, various authors have proposed directions forward in combining, aggregating, and synthesizing what is already known and what is yet to be discovered. In Chapter 16, we will conclude this book with a discussion of exciting developments in the fi eld of integrating knowledge such as that derived from our qualitative initiatives into the everyday work of the applied and practice fi elds. To set the stage for that fi nal chapter, we will here review existing and emerging approaches to building knowledge beyond the scope of our single interpretive description studies.