How will you go about making sense of your data?
“The right analysis approach will help you understand and interpret your findings…” Researches have their own ways of managing their data so that it makes sense. The first thing I’ll do is to cross-reference my data with my questions. I want to make sure that the data I’m collecting answers the purpose of my study (Merriam, et.al, 207).
According to an article written by Isaac, one way to manage qualitative data is to make copies of the research. Having an extra copy allows us to use one for note taking, and the other for safekeeping, “Managing Qualitative Data.” I think that I’ll make copies of my data just because it’s safe, and I like to write notes.
The next thing I’ll do to make sense of my data is to develop a coding system. Coding can be something like colors or acronyms. Respondents should have their own codes and can be organized with colored tabs, “Managing Qualitative Data.” I think I’ll have a tab for good behavior, and one for bad behavior.
One of the things that I think I will do as I’m labeling my data, is use symbols to mark what data I will use, might use, will not use. These symbols can be simple like a 1= not using, 2=might use, 3= will use.
The next thing a researcher should do in making sense of their data is to begin sorting the data. This is where I will create file folders, each labeled with the categories I chose (Merriam, et.al, 209). I’ll have one file for good behavior, and one file for bad behavior.
This way of organizing my data will make my analysis and reflecting much less demanding.
7 Steps for Managing Qualitative Data – Academic Transcription Services. (2015, August 25). Retrieved October 28, 2015, from https://www.academic-transcription-services.com/7-steps-managing-qualitative-data/
Managing Qualitative Data. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2015, from http://tobaccoeval.ucdavis.edu/analysis-reporting/documents/ManagingQualitativeData.pdfhttp://tobaccoeval.ucdavis.edu/analysis-reporting/documents/ManagingQualitativeData.pdf
Merriam, S., & Merriam, S. (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Organizing and Analyzing Your Data. (2008, February 1). Retrieved October 28, 2015, from https://www.wilder.org/Wilder-Research/Publications/Studies/Program Evaluation and Research Tips/Organizing and Analyzing Your Data – Tips for Conducting Program Evaluation Issue 13, Fact Sheet.pdf