3 Best Books on Qualitative Data Analysis

3 Best Books on Qualitative Data Analysis

Here’s my blogging modus operandi. A client emails me and asks me to recommend a book, software,  recording equipment et al. I make a recommendation and make a note of it in my work diary. If another client asks me to make a similar recommendation – I know I need to blog about it! And that’s how we got here! Last week a client asked me to recommend a good book on qualitative data analysis. Let’s back up a little bit. Typically researchers get in touch with us looking to have their research interviews and/or focus group discussions transcribed. Now, some researches are also looking for help analyzing their qualitative data. That’s a service that, sadly, we don’t provide. We usually direct them to someone who can assist them in analyzing their data and suggest a few qualitative data analysis books that will set them on the right path. In this post, I’m going to… Continue reading…

How to Auto Code Synched Transcripts in NVivo 11

Weloty’s NVivo Transcription Service offers 3 types of transcripts that you can import into NVivo. Synched NVivo transcripts are great for research projects where data analysis of the videos/audio may be as much as the verbal output which is transcribed. For those of you who plan to use NVivo to analyze their interviews and or focus groups, this video is a step by step guide on how Auto Code Synched Transcripts in NVivo 11. If you’d like us to transcribe your interviews and or focus group discussions using the NVivo synched format, which does eliminates an enormous amount of work for you, please get in touch.   Transcript In the previous tutorial, I showed you how to import a synchronized transcript into NVivo 11. In this video, I’m going to show you how to segment the transcript using the auto code feature in NVivo 11. Now, I wish to code everything that the interviewee said… Continue reading…

How to Auto Code Header Formatted Transcripts in NVivo 11

Weloty’s NVivo Transcription Service offers 3 types of transcripts that you can import into NVivo. Transcripts formatted with heading styles are our default and most popular NVivo transcription format. For those of you who plan to use NVivo to analyze their interviews and or focus groups, this video is a step by step guide on how to auto code header formatted transcripts in NVivo 11. If you’d like us to transcribe your interviews and or focus group discussions using the NVivo heading styles format, which eliminates an enormous amount of work for you, please get in touch.   Transcript In the previous video, I showed you how to import a header formatted transcript into NVivo 11. In this video, I’m going to show you how to segment the transcript using the auto code feature in NVivo 11. Now, I wish to code everything that the interviewee said into a node. Why? Well so that I… Continue reading…

Dissertation Ethics – Informed Consent

Confidentiality Agreement

Introduction There is general consensus on the importance of informed consent in qualitative research. Most people have the expectation that they will be treated with respect and as autonomous individuals. They also expect that they have the right to make decisions about what will and will not be done to them and about what personal information they will share with others. However, researchers also are aware that there are circumstances in which obtaining and documenting consent in social and behavioral research may be a complex, and often challenging, process. For instance, potential subjects may be fluent in a language but not literate. Researchers may need to deceive research subjects in order obtain scientifically valid data. Asking subjects to sign consent forms linking them to a study about illegal activities could put them at risk of harm. The US federal regulations provide sufficient flexibility to address some of these concerns, particularly for research posing no more… Continue reading…

How to Organize Qualitative Data

Organize qualitative Data

In summary, here are 5 easy steps to organizing your qualitative data Choose and follow a clear file naming system Develop a data tracking system Establish and document transcription/translation procedures Establish quality control procedures Establish a Realistic Timeline Before we explore the 5 steps in-depth, what is qualitative data? Qualitative data is information that characterizes but does not measure the attributes or characteristics or properties of an existence. Qualitative data provides a description and not a definition. Major categories of qualitative data are in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, direct observation and written documents. In whichever category, qualitative data is quite wordy and may be more of a headache than a resource if not well organized. The first step towards organizing this data would be checking all your data to make sure everything is accurate and inclusive. For instance it’s important to review the transcripts of your research interviews before compiling and organizing them. Once you’ve… Continue reading…