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1 Using a Web-Based Interface to Collect Data for Q Methodology Studies Presentation at the 19th Annual Q Conference of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (2003) Joe Jurczyk University of Akron

2 Using the Internet to Collect Q Data Other Programs: –WebQ –Q Assessor –More applications listed at http://www.rz.unibw-muenchen.de/~p41bsmk/qmethod/webq/otherimpl.htm

3 WebQ

4 Benefits of Web-Based Methods for Data Collection The use of a web-based tool to collect data provides three substantial benefits to the Q researcher: –Reach –Automation –Savings

5 Problems with Web-Based Methods for Data Collection Lack of direct communication between the subject and administrator Technical skills required by subject

6 Q-Sort.com: A New Approach to Q Data Collection

7 Q-Sort.com Web-based (Designed by Flash) Drag-and-drop Intermediate piles Responses checked with rule-based criteria Results submitted and transmitted by e- mail to researcher and/or posted to database

8 Q-Sort.com - Shortcomings Workspace size Internet skills required Work in Progress –Rule-based criteria for submission Future Enhancements: –Chat utility –Add Concurrent Viewing (Flash Communication Server) –Automated setup –Action tracing

9 Conclusion Using the Internet for Q studies provides an alternative method of data collection when implementation of the manual process is not possible or is cost prohibitive

10 Contact Info Joe Jurczyk jurczyk@apk.net http://joejurczyk.com


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