One must appropriately organize qualitative data collecting for analysis if she wants it to be effective. This planning is nearly as crucial as studying. When oral responses aren’t correctly assigned to their subject or placed under the appropriate focus group, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of them.
There are many ways to get tripped up when dealing with unstructured data, so it is important to plan.
These strategies include:
1. Develop a data tracking system.
Data collection and management for major projects necessitates collaboration among many members of a research team. Depending on the study, anything from sources to dates, interviewer, interviewee, coordinator, transcriber, translator (per diem), and even places are considered (Guest, G., Namey, E. E., & Mitchell, M. L, 2013).
To avoid contradicting feedback during compilation, there must be a continuous flow of accounts and events. You must devise a system that allows you to track all data acquired from fieldwork through compilation, considering all sources and context. It’s critical to set up a tracking system that’s tailored to the data, complete with names, locations, and dates.
2. Choose and follow a clear file naming system.
The ability to recognize someone is crucial. Give your data a name and an identity. Name your data categorically, depending on the system you’re using. You might also name main categories by grouping related concepts together. And what better method to keep track of your data than to use a consistent file name system (Briney, K. 2015).
Your data will be properly grouped, accessible, and easy to work with in this manner. If the study was about drinking habits among males aged 12 to 18, for example, the file name may be age group. So, from the ages of 12 to 18, seven file names will be created, each including all of that age group’s findings.
Working with what’s relevant to your data is a good place to start.
Briney, K. (2015). Data Management for Researchers: Organize, maintain and share your data for research success. Pelagic Publishing Ltd.
Guest, G., Namey, E. E., & Mitchell, M. L. (2013). Collecting qualitative data: A field manual for applied research. Sage.
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