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Qualitative Analysis Skills: A Primer Part 1

What does it mean to have an ‘analysis plan’ for qualitative research?

When you have an analysis plan you know who will do what and how you are going to deal with the information.

  • If you have several researchers working on a project, is everyone going to analyse their own interviews or groups independently or will you delegate it all to one person?  
  • Whether you are going to share the task, or if you are doing it all yourself, you need to know the answers  to questions like these

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The Power of Thinking Frameworks

We are the type of researchers who use ‘thinking frameworks’.  We do this for two reasons:

  1. Creating the framework means that we have to think carefully and deeply about the topic not just jump in blindly
  2. Communicating the framework helps us share our ideas and methods with our clients.

Here are three frameworks that we use:

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Forget focus groups for testing written communications. Here's what to do instead

It has never been so important for brands to write clearly and effectively to their customers, yet the techniques most research agencies use to test written communications have not kept up with the times.

Many clients still use focus groups, because that is how they have always tested advertising. 

I love focus groups, but here are three reasons why we need to test written communications such as brochures, websites and correspondence individually, not in groups.

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A discourse analysis of 'hope you are well?'

How to spot a fake: a discourse analysis of 'hope you are well?'

First of all - an apology

I recently -  carelessly  - allowed some people called University of Skills to access my LinkedIn address book. I now think that everyone I am (was?) connected to received an email from me saying something like this: 'Hey, Hope you are well ....' followed by a plug for the University of Skills website, which I wont repeat here. I apologise. I did not realise they would do that and I won't do it again.

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Twenty four thousand reasons to do online qual

In our last three-day online qual forum / discussion bulletin board (whatever you want to call it!) on financial services, 13 consumers made 219 posts, each post an average of 75 words long (and some much longer). In all, our participants typed 24,764 words!  Compare that to our last 2 hour group: 6274 words, from 8 people.

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