A new Qualitative Research Blog

While hosted by Quirkos, the main aim for this blog is to promote the wider use of qualitative research in general. We will link to other blogs and articles (not just academic), have guest bloggers, and welcome comments and discussion. Qualitative research is a very powerful way to understand and fix our world, and one of the main aims in developing Quirkos was to make it possible for a much wider range of people to use qualitative software to

What is a Qualitative approach?

The benefit of having tastier satsumas is difficult to quantify: to turn into a numerical, comparable value. This is essentially what qualitative work does: measure the unquantifiable quality of something. Just don’t ask what we mean by Quality – that opens a whole other can of worms… In this context though, quality also means a lack of quality, or even a negative property such as pain. Pain is a great example of something

Why qualitative research?

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics It’s easy to knock statistics for being misleading, or even misused to support spurious findings. In fact, there seems to be a growing backlash at the automatic way that significance tests in scientific papers are assumed to be the basis for proving findings (an article neatly rebutted here in the aptly named post “Give p a chance!”). However, I think most of the time statistics are

Blog Archive

  Quirkos qualitative blog archive   This is an archive (up-to October 2019) of articles on qualitative analysis, data and software from our blog:   Free and open-source qualitative data analysis software   There are large number of options for free and open-source software tools for qualitative data analysis. They can help you explore, analyse and manage qualitative data, but each have their own