Lyn Richards

Pub Date: 11/2009
Pages: 256

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Lyn Richards
Welcome to the resources pages for Handling Qualitative Data, 2nd edition. The book is designed for researchers who have qualitative data and want to do justice to it. The chapters walk you through basic processes of designing data, handling data records, interpreting and reporting findings.

This section provides two sets of highly unusual resources to accompany the book:

  • Methods in Practice: real researchers talk about real projects
    The stories of ten projects, (from eight countries and as many qualitative methods), are told here, in the researchers' own voices. How was the project set up, what data were sought and created, how did the researcher work with the data, what actually happened during analysis and reporting?
  • Qualitative Software: this is not a summary of the current state of the various software products aimed at qualitative researchers. But it does tell you where to go for such summaries. And more importantly, it advises you before you go shopping for software. Should you use qualitative software, and how? How to find impartial, useful and non-marketing advice about software products? And it then provides help on how to manage your relationship with your software, including a brief handbook of advice to help you ask the necessary questions as you start stepping into software
To discuss these materials, or the book, go to the Sage Publications Methodspace site - It's free and open, and you can talk there to other researchers, students, readers of the book and users of this site, to the authors of the Methods in Practice reports, and to me. They - and I - will be alerted to any questions about their projects, and interested to engage in debate about their experiences of setting up, handling and analysis of the data and how they reported their projects.

If you want to contact me personally, please email

I hope these pages are not only useful but enjoyable, and that they help you towards the task of doing justice to your data.

Lyn Richards,
RMIT University, Melbourne.