Qualitative Data Analysis. SWRK 176 . One way of describing the difference between qualitative and quantitative methods is to talk about the purpose of the research. Studies can be:. Exploratory – looking at a situation about which little is known. (Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis)
One way of describing the difference between qualitative and quantitative methods is to talk about the purpose of the research. Studies can be:
Developing culturally competent practice methods.
Understanding how practice is undertaken within social service organizations.
Understanding how social service organizations operate or how and why interventions actually work.
Understanding service user and social worker behavior.
Understanding what it feels like to be a client or worker
(You may use all two or three methods in one study)
*You may want to double check or triple check your categories and the assignments of responses to each. You might also want to have someone else do the analysis over to make sure there is nothing that you missed.
** You can also present your results in terms of occurrence, magnitude, duration, or whether products were produced).
For example, if we were to use the following interview guide, we would transcribe all responses underneath each question in a WORD processing program. (Sample interview guide)
1. Can you describe how you first became aware of your deafness?
2. How do you see yourself today, in terms of your deafness?
From Janesick, V. (1998). "Stretching" exercises for qualitative researchers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, p. 75.
Focus Groups: Form a group of 4 to 5 people. One person should be the interviewer. Another should take notes. Address the following three questions: