Outlining how to select the most appropriate tool for analyzing data, Analysing Qualitative Data also provides the reader with an awareness of the various challenges that are unique to interpreting the conceptual and subjective data generated in qualitative research.


  • Research diary 26
  • Field notes 26
  • Memos 30
  • Writing up the report 32

Chapter objectives

After reading this chapter, you should

  • understand the role of writing as part of analysis;
  • know the three kinds of written output that are commonly used in qualitative analysis: the research diary, field notes and memos;
  • understand more about their role in furthering your analytic thinking; and
  • see the need to write throughout your project so that when you ...
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