February 26, 2016
You’ll find a lot of information and debate about sampling issues in qualitative research: discussions over ‘random’ or ‘purposeful’ sampling, the merits and pitfalls of ubiquitous ‘snowball’ sampling, and unending questions about sample size and saturation. I’m actually going to address most of these in the next blog post, but wanted to paradoxically start by looking at recruitment.
February 17, 2016
Interviews are a frequently used research method in qualitative studies. You will see dozens of papers that state something like “We conducted n in-depth semi-structured interviews with key informants”. But what exactly does this mean? What exactly counts as in-depth? How structured are semi-structured interviews?
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February 11, 2016
About this time last year, I posted an update on Quirkos development for the next year. Even though February continues to be cold and largely snow-drop free in Scotland, why not make it a tradition?!
It’s really amazing how much Quirkos has grown over the last 18 months since our first release. We now have hundreds of users in more than 50 universities across the world. The best part of this is that we now get much more
January 28, 2016
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
January 22, 2016
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