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.

Conclusion: Legacies, Lessons, and Change

In this chapter, the reader will

  • understand the importance of leaving a legacy,
  • learn lessons from an experienced qualitative longitudinal researcher,
  • review a checklist for conducting a qualitative longitudinal study, and
  • consider the research future of stored longitudinal qualitative data.

Leaving a Legacy

A passion to understand change drives qualitative longitudinal researchers. Such understanding will continue beyond the study, and planning for continuation is an element of responsible longitudinal research. Researchers invest time and energy in conceptualizing a study, collecting and analyzing data, and writing the results for publication. However, organizing and maintaining the study’s details are essential for future researchers to continue the work. For example, new methods might emerge for reexamining and reusing the data requiring access to the previous study details ...

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