Qualitative research design (and planning)

When many people think of ‘research design’, they think of choosing methods or a methodology. But the design for a qualitative project should also consider existing research, epistemology, how you are going to recruit, and analyse the data from the methods you choose. This guide will take you step by step though all the different parts you should consider.   First of all, you didn’t decide to do qualitative research before

Introducing Discourse Analysis for Qualitative Research

Qualitative research often focuses on what people say: be that in interviews, focus-groups, diaries, social media or documents. Qualitative researchers often try to understand the world by listening to how people talk, but it can be really revealing to look at not just what people say, but how. Essentially this is the how discourse analysis (DA) can be used to examine qualitative data. Discourse is the complete system by which people

Writing up qualitative research

  There are specific challenges to writing up research based on qualitative data: there is a lot of data to present, complex stories to tell and conclusions that took a long time to develop. But some simple guidelines can help structuring any kind of research output based on qualitative methods, and help communicate the rich results that come from qualitative data.     Audience   There’s a very general statement

Open and Axial Coding Using Qualitative Software

  Many forms of grounded theory adopt a variant of open, axial and selective coding as their key steps in qualitative analysis. Usually these follow the description in Strauss and Corbin (1990), but others such as Glaser (1978) defined similar procedures using the terms ‘Substantive coding’ and ‘Theoretical coding’. Charmaz (2006/2014) uses the term ‘Initial Coding’ which could be seen as similar to open coding, followed by

Importing structured qualitative data into Quirkos

While most qualitative researchers will use unstructured sources of data for their analysis, there are often times when you need to bring in data from structured interviews or surveys. Quirkos has tools and features that specifically help you manage these types of sources.   When you start a project in Quirkos, there are two options: password protection and structured project. This is a feature that must be toggled when you start a