How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Quality of Data Collection

Rosaline S. Barbour

Introduction

Although there have been protracted and lively debates about ‘quality’ in qualitative research (see Barbour, 2014a), these seldom focus on the quality of the data collected, but tend to relate to outputs, in the form of published papers or reports, and much of the discussion revolves around judging more accessible components, such as the adequacy of the research design employed and the rigour involved in the process of analysis. The picture is further muddied by the fact that the various qualitative traditions have different ‘takes’ on what constitutes data and, therefore, what makes for ‘good’ data. Quality, then, in relation to data collection, is a somewhat elusive concept and often it comes ...

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