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Methods matter - illustrating quality in qualitative analysis and the role of CAQDAS

Methods matter - illustrating quality in qualitative analysis and the role of CAQDAS
By Christina Silver on Jan 06, 2018 at 11:28 AM in CAQDAS commentary

Professor Debra Jackson's post about the Journal of Child & Family Studies' intention to from now on only review and publish quantitative papers and the discussion it prompted on Twitter indicates how important it is for qualitative researchers to fully describe their methods and illustrate the quality of their analysis. Using dedicated CAQDAS packages to facilitate analysis won't necessarily result in higher quality outputs, but they can be used to illustrate process and rigour, and thereby have an important role to play.

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Coding is a process, not an event

Coding is a process, not an event
By Christina Silver on Nov 21, 2017 at 06:04 PM in CAQDAS commentary

What lies behind the red flag question: "I've done all my coding - now what?" In my last blogpost I considered the first likely culprit: starting to code before thinking through its purpose. But thinking about the purpose isn't enough. A second issue is the need to think about coding as an on-going process - not as a single event that gets "done" before moving on to the next event. Coding is the opportunity to repeatedly connect with our data.

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"OK I've done all my coding. What's next?" Err, didn't you plan that already?

By Christina Silver on Nov 07, 2017 at 10:47 AM in CAQDAS commentary

Yet again this week I was asked the red flag question in a CAQDAS workshop: "Coding's done. Now what?" This flags the inappropriate use of CAQDAS: no analytic planning done before plunging into helter-skelter coding. In this post and the next I'll deal with the two underlying problems: starting to code without thinking about its purpose, and thinking of coding as an event rather than a process. Taken together these can result in a mass of codes that don't lead to a thoughtful response to the research question. First: how to think about the purpose of coding.

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Workshops announced - Mastering Qualitative Software Analysis with the Five-Level QDA Method

By QDAS Admin on Sep 22, 2017 at 01:33 PM

2 days workshops in London in early 2018 focusing on using the Five-Level QDA Method to ensure your use of software is driven by the objectives of your research project.

These small workshops will enable you to develop the expertise you need to produce high quality analysis, whatever your methodology.

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Don't Let the Software Drive the Process

By QDAS Admin on Sep 21, 2017 at 09:49 AM

Webinar on using the Five-Level QDA method for producing high-quality data analysis with ATLAS.ti - published as part of the IIQM ATLAS.ti webinar series.

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Books published - Qualitative Analysis with the Five-Level QDA Method

Books published - Qualitative Analysis with the Five-Level QDA Method
By QDAS Admin on Sep 20, 2017 at 08:04 PM in Our Books

"At last, 3 user friendly books that bridge the gap between the researcher's methodological goals and the capabilities of the software package.

These books, targeted towards your particular software program, will assist you in maintaining / protecting the integrity of the methodological aspects of a study.

Rather than enabling the software capabilities to drive the analytic process, they will assist you to take full advantage of the power that the software has to offer."

Janice M. Morse, Professor & Barnes Presidential Chair, University of Utah College of Nursing

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Translation in Five-Level QDA: What's in a name? Actually, quite a lot

Translation in Five-Level QDA: What's in a name? Actually, quite a lot
By Nicholas Woolf on Jul 07, 2017 at 07:00 PM in Five-Level QDA in practice

"Translation" is the key concept in our Five-Level QDA method, so it's important to know what it means. The word just showed up in the title of Susanne Friese's blog post on the ATLAS.ti website - "Translating the process of open/initial coding in Grounded Theory" - and Susanne ended by inviting readers "to read more about this process of translation" in our textbooks on the Five-Level QDA method coming from Routledge in September. But as Susanne uses the word "translation" in a very different way from us we want to clear it up right away.

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Using Software in Qualitative Research - A Step-by-Step Guide

Using Software in Qualitative Research - A Step-by-Step Guide
By QDAS Admin on Jul 03, 2017 at 04:55 PM in CAQDAS commentary

"extraordinarily authoritative and seriously useful, detailed yet unfailingly interesting. It brings methodological goals and software possibilities together in an accessible and lively way."

Lyn Richards, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University

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Don't lose your analytic reflections: The value of writing spaces in CAQDAS packages

Don't lose your analytic reflections: The value of writing spaces in CAQDAS packages
By Christina Silver on Jun 17, 2017 at 09:30 AM in CAQDAS commentary

Writing spaces are one of the most valuable features of dedicated CAQDAS packages. But I often see projects that make little use of them. Here's why they are so potentially powerful.

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Harnessing NVivo Classifications: it's all about units

Harnessing NVivo Classifications: it's all about units
By Christina Silver on May 29, 2017 at 06:01 AM in CAQDAS commentary, Five-Level QDA in practice

Kath McNiff's post on the NVivo Blog about classifying data in NVivo has prompted me to get writing about how I deal with this teaching challenge. For me, teaching students to choose between the available tools for classifying data and how to harness them appropriately revolves around units.

For years I've experimented with different ways of teaching how to harness the NVivo tools for classifying factual characteristics of data and respondents - for example the socio-demographics of participants or the metadata about documentary evidence. One of the great things about NVivo is that it offers several different ways of doing this, making it a very flexible tool.

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