Importance of Adapting to Unexpected Circumstances in Qualitative Data Collection


Over the past 2 years, I and some colleagues have been working closely with the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation to better evaluate the effectiveness of their programming in sports, exercise, and physical activity. The Oklahoma City Boathouse conducts many, many different activities, but they specialize in rowing and kayaking, and serve as the Olympic training center for canoe/kayak. They recently completed a one-of-a-kind whitewater facility which is astonishing to see firsthand. However, having great facilities does not mean much if they are not being used well and creating more active individuals and better athletes. Therefore, we were recruited to evaluate some of their programming to make sure that what they were doing was actually working. This case is a reflection of one of those research projects, and it highlights the importance of being prepared, anticipating problems, and being flexible enough to overcome unforeseen circumstances.

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