ERIC Number: ED202887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Keen Edged Feather: Intuitive Analysis and Reporting of Qualitative Evaluation Data.
Adams, Kay A.
Some of the methodological problems in analyzing and reporting qualitative data are addressed, and some solutions based on recent experiences in conducting several qualitative studies are proposed. The following are some guidelines for implementing an intuitive approach to analyzing and reporting qualitative data: (1) use a team of evaluators; (2) focus the evaluation around critical issues which emerge on site; (3) test preliminary findings; (4) begin analysis on site; (5) give an oral debriefing to key respondents at the end of the visit; (6) strategically use direct quotes; (7) use triangulation and multimethod approaches; (8) report qualitative findings thoroughly; and (9) work with decision makers to accept qualitative findings. In a sense, wrongness may be easier to control in a qualitative study than a quantitative study since the evaluator has fuller information about the condition under which data have been collected. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Problems; Qualitative Analysis; Qualitative Data; Qualitative Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).