Mary Lynne Derrington’s Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: Researching Implementation and Change addresses the use of the qualitative longitudinal methods, their unique methodological features, and the challenges and benefits to this approach. This short supplemental text uses examples of published studies, and the author’s own stories and examples, to show application of the concepts. A chapter on how to prepare a manuscript for publication concentrates on the distinctive aspects of publishing longitudinal studies. The book will be useful to those researching change and its impact on organizations and individuals resulting from the implementation of programs and policies.

Designing Qualitative Longitudinal Studies

Qualitative research design basics are the foundation of the longitudinal qualitative study. However, some elements beyond the basic design must be considered.

In this chapter, the reader will

  • review qualitative research design basics,
  • learn to include longitudinality in a basic qualitative study design,
  • consider stage theories as a useful way to describe and analyze change, and
  • anticipate ethical issues prior to engaging in the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval process.

Design Basics in Qualitative Research

Simply stated, a research design is a study’s blueprint or plan. A comprehensive discussion of design’s elements can be found in such well-known texts as John W. Creswell’s Research Design and Uwe Flick’s An Introduction to Qualitative Research. Both texts also include a checklist for determining if a design includes the ...

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