Many of the articles published in Research Design Review in 2016 were dedicated to qualitative research for the simple reason that qualitative researchers are faced with myriad issues when attempting to achieve quality outcomes, and yet there is relatively little discussion about the quality standards by which to guide their research. RDR attempts to fill this void by focusing on the unique attributes of qualitative research and how they serve to define the optimal approaches to conducting qualitative research that is credible, analyzable, transparent, and useful.
Qualitative Research: A Collection of Articles from Research Design Review Published in 2016 is a compilation of the 17 RDR articles that were published in 2016 devoted to qualitative research. These 17 articles include articles on:
- the Total Quality Framework, such as Applying a Quality Framework to the In-depth Interview Method.
- Qualitative data & analysis, such as Qualitative Data: Achieving Accuracy in the Absence of “Truth” and Words Versus Meanings.
- Specific methods, such as Reporting Ethnography: Storytelling & the Roles Participants Play.
- Researcher bias, such as Mitigating Researcher-as-instrument Effects.
- Misplaced quantitative concepts, such as the use of “respondents” to refer to qualitative participants.