The Quality in Qualitative Methods


  • Manfred Max Bergman University of Basel
  • Anthony P.M. Coxon University of Edinburgh



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


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


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Author Biographies

Manfred Max Bergman, University of Basel

Manfred Max BERGMAN. Present position: Professor of Sociology, University of Basel, Switzerland. Major research areas: quality assessment; data theory; mixed methods design; inequality; stratification; exclusion; discrimination.

Anthony P.M. Coxon, University of Edinburgh

Tony Macmillan COXON. Present position: Honorary Professorial Fellow, Graduate School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh. Major research areas: multidimensional scaling; health studies (gay men and Aids).



How to Cite

Bergman, M. M., & Coxon, A. P. (2005). The Quality in Qualitative Methods. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(2).



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