Evaluating Preexisting Qualitative Research Data for Secondary Analysis


  • Victoria Sherif University of Kentucky




qualitative research, qualitative secondary analysis, data evaluation


In this article, I explore the nature of secondary analysis and provide a brief history of the method. Qualitative secondary analysis is a relatively under-used method in education and the social sciences, often due to the lack of easily accessible, relevant, trustworthy, and complete data. I address some of the potentials and limitations that influence its use and explore criteria for assessing the quality and sufficiency of preexisting qualitative research data. Qualitative secondary analysis has important implications for qualitative researchers, students and practitioners interested in generating new knowledge via unobtrusive, reliable, valid, and time/cost effective research through the wider use of existing qualitative data.


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Author Biography

Victoria Sherif, University of Kentucky

Victoria SHERIF, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky, USA. Her research centers around issues related to qualitative secondary analysis. She is also interested in examination of youth leadership, its development and practice, as well as leadership of school superintendents to elevate their voices in various educational and socio-economic settings.




How to Cite

Sherif, V. (2018). Evaluating Preexisting Qualitative Research Data for Secondary Analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-19.2.2821



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