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.

Management of Longitudinal Data Throughout a Study

In this chapter, the reader will explore

  • data-management strategies throughout a study,
  • advantages and limitations of data-management software programs, and
  • challenges with large data sets.

Managing accumulated data is necessary in all phases of qualitative longitudinal research. This chapter discusses management considerations in the various stages of a longitudinal qualitative study.

Keeping Coding Timely and OnGoing

Qualitative longitudinal research poses challenges; but as Barley (1990) notes, “The most daunting occurs after leaving the field, ordering and analyzing what many would consider to be an overwhelming corpus of descriptive data” (p. 234). A researcher must find a way to organize and store data large volumes of data. Although I am reputed to be very organized, challenges arise and difficulties emerge even with careful ...

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