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1 Using secondary qualitative data in interdisciplinary contexts Libby Bishop ESDS Qualidata, University of Essex Working Across Boundaries: 2 nd NCRM Summer School University of Southampton 13 September 2006

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3 Qualitative data collections Data from Economic and Social Research Council awards Data from classic social science studies Other funders and sources

4 Types of qualitative data Diverse data types: in-depth interviews; semi-structured interviews; focus groups; oral histories; mixed methods data; open-ended survey questions; case notes/records of meetings; diaries/research diaries Some multimedia: audio, video, photos Formats: digital, paper, analogue audio-visual

5 Supporting Documentation Examples –Funding application –Description of methodology –Communication with informants on confidentiality –Coding schemes / themes –Technical details of equipment –Interview schedules –End of award report –Documentation from CAQDAS software packages, e.g., analytical memos –Bibliographies, resulting publications Anything that adds insight or aids understanding and secondary usage

6 Uses of existing qualitative data for secondary analysis Case for today: research questions already specified Helpful to think of comparison with literature review –Lit review covers findings, with breadth –Data review covers data, in depth

7 Strategies for SA: qualitative data Content knowledge: search catalogue to locate and download relevant studies –Thematic guides Methods knowledge: explore supporting documentation –User guides for each study Web searching and browsing –Qualidata Online

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13 Methods knowledge: exploiting user guides Search on health+youth produces: SN 5057: Critical incidents and health-related behaviour of children Young peoples perceptions of self and health behaviours Mixed methods

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17 Exploring qualitative data ESDS Qualidata site UK Data Archive Catalogue archStart.asp


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