Introduction from the Author
Strategies for analysis of qualitative data are best learned through mentoring, exploration, and practice. In a sense, this is the kind of assistance I try to provide in this book. The approach and many of the guidelines offered have come out of my experience of working with my own data and with other researchers as they sought to interpret the qualitative data they had made, often for the first time.
This website provides direct links to additional resources to support your learning as you develop strategies for undertaking qualitative data analysis. There are links to journal articles, case examples and videos that illustrate or expand on ways in which researchers have applied various methods in their research studies, and some also that add to the theoretical background of the strategies described in the book. Also available for download are the sample data files used for exercises in the book, and software-based project files for the Researchers and Wellbeing projects, from which many of the practical examples used to illustrate strategies and methods have been drawn. Use these in practising analytic techniques with ‘real’ data, using either NVivo or MAXQDA.
Finally, for users of Atlas.ti, Dr Steven Wright of CAQDAS consulting (www.caqdas.co.uk) has kindly made available illustrative material showing how strategies illustrated with MAXQDA or NVivo in the book might look if you are using Atlas.ti v9.