The Quality in Qualitative Methods

Manfred Max Bergman, Anthony P.M. Coxon

Abstract


Quality concerns play a central role throughout all steps of the research process in qualitative methods, from the inception of a research question and data collection, to the analysis and interpretation of research findings. For instance, the type of instrument or procedure to collect data may be evaluated in relation to quality criteria, and these may be different from those which are used to judge the data obtained from such instruments or procedures. All these may yet again be different from quality criteria that may apply to the qualitative analyses of data. A national resource center for qualitative methods can contribute to the establishment and maintenance of certain quality standards. In this article, we will explore some of these quality criteria and how they can be established and maintained by a national resource center for qualitative methods.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0502344

Keywords


quality assessment; validity; reliability; secondary data analysis; archiving



Copyright (c) 2005 Manfred Max Bergman, Anthony P.M. Coxon

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