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Qualitative Data Analysis: Qualitative Data Analysis Strategies

Resources on conducting qualitative data analysis

Defining Strategies for Qualitative Data Analysis

Analysis is a process of deconstructing and reconstructing evidence that involves purposeful interrogation and critical thinking about data in order to produce a meaningful interpretation and relevant understanding in answer to the questions asked or that arise in the process of investigation (Bazeley, 2021, p. 3) 

When we analyze qualitative data, we need systematic, rigorous, and transparent ways of manipulating our data in order to begin developing answers to our research questions. We also need to keep careful track of the steps we've taken to conduct our analysis in order to communicate this process to readers and reviewers. 

Beyond coding, it is not always clear of what steps you should take to analyze your data. In this series of pages, I offer some basic information about different strategies you might use to analyze your qualitative data, as well as information on how you can use these strategies in different QDA software programs. 

 

Useful Resources on QDA Strategies

QDA strategies in this guide

Cited on this page

Bazeley, P. (2021). Qualitative data analysis: Practical strategies (2nd ed.). Sage.