Recording good audio for qualitative interviews and focus groups

  Last week’s blog post looked at the transcription process, and what’s involved in getting qualitative interview or focus-group data transcribed. This week, we are going to step back, and share a few tips from researchers into what makes for good quality audio that will be easy to hear and transcribe.   1. Phones aren’t good enough While many smartphones can now be used in a ‘voice memo’ mode to record

Transcription for qualitative interviews and focus-groups

  Audio and video give you a level of depth into your data that can’t be conveyed by words alone, letting you hear hesitations, sarcasm, and nuances in delivery that can change your interpretations of what your participants say. Yet most researchers and students will want to have typed transcripts of their qualitative interviews.   Text gives many advantages during the qualitative analysis process. You can read or skim read text

Building queries to explore qualitative data

  So, you’ve spent days, weeks, or even months coding your qualitative data. Now what?   Hopefully, just the process of being forced to read through the data, and thinking about the underlining themes has revealed a few likely points of interest. Now is a good time to step back, put your research questions in front of you, and think about what the data is telling you about the main topics, and how you can work this into a