Elaborating on Thick Analysis: About Thoroughness and Creativity in Qualitative Analysis

Jeanine C. Evers

Abstract


This article elaborates on the concept of thick analysis, introduced in 2010 by EVERS and VAN STAA. The aim of thick analysis is to enhance the depth and breadth of data analysis by creatively combining several analysis methods, allowing for a more comprehensive analysis. As the use of qualitative data analysis (QDA) software is becoming more and more immersed in qualitative research practices, thick analysis is now within reach of every researcher. Therefore, a different categorization of the numerous analysis methods is introduced, each of which is given a motto designed to pinpoint its main feature. The purpose of this exercise is to seduce researchers to think beyond existing frameworks for analysis by offering an exemplary overview and listing of possible combinations of analysis methods.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs160163


Keywords


qualitative analysis; QDA software; thick analysis; codes; hyperlinks; memos; nodes; triangulation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-17.1.2369

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