What is qualitative secondary analysis? How can it be most effectively applied in social research? This timely and accomplished book offers readers a well informed, reliable guide to all aspects of qualitative secondary analysis. The book: Defines secondary analysis. Distinguishes between quantitative and qualitative secondary analysis. Maps the main types of qualitative secondary analysis. Covers the key ethical and legal issues. Offers a practical guide to effective research. Sets the agenda for future developments in the subject. Written by an experienced researcher and teacher with a background in sociology, the book is a comprehensive and invaluable introduction to this growing field of social research.

Community Profiles

Community profiles are prepared as an aid to social programming and consist of relatively brief, mainly quantitative descriptions of groups (normally living in one location) and their organisations.

Section Outline: Wide use of profiling in social and health administration. Types and sources of local data. Departments and internet access. Key informants. Examples of packages: advantages and disadvantages. Rapid appraisal: pyramid. Priority search: scaling local perceptions. Compass: question bank.

Community profiling covers research procedures to obtain mainly quantitative information to guide public policy or to evaluate policy initiatives, ‘community’ here meaning a small, locality-based group (Action Research; Evaluation Studies; Community Studies). Although many remain unpublished, community profiles have been undertaken by statutory bodies, pressure groups and communities themselves (Payne 1999). Community profiling is most popular in ...

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