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.

Perspectives on the Two-Way Research Relationship

In this chapter, the reader will

  • consider aspects of the personal and professional sides of a relationship with participants,
  • understand ways to give back to research participants,
  • learn ways to process ethical dilemmas, and
  • add exit interviews and closure at a study’s end.

This chapter explores the research relationship’s benefits from both the researcher’s and participants’ viewpoints. In addition, ethical considerations related to the research relationship in a qualitative longitudinal study are discussed.

Balancing Personal and Professional Relationships With Participants

Publish or perish! The only good dissertation is a done dissertation! These familiar expressions might lead one to be overly task oriented in conducting research. Researchers may struggle to balance their goals while meeting participants’ need to be respected contributors to the research. Understandably, ...

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