Content Analysis, Non-Automated

American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Qualitative Transparency Deliberations, Working Group Final Reports, Report III.5 (2018)

15 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2019

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Zachary Elkins

University of Texas, Austin

Scott Spitzer

Division of Politics, Administration and Justice; California State University, Fullerton

Jonas Tallberg

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: February 13, 2019

Abstract

Qualitative Transparency Deliberations (QTD) Working Group III.5 considered issues of research transparency in the manual collection and content analysis of texts, audio, and visual materials. Our report is based on the authors' research experience, comments of those participating online in the QTD discussion board on this topic, and direct communications with colleagues. A principal contribution of the report is the conceptualization and evaluation of the various forms that research transparency might take in this methodological domain. By forms, we mean the various kinds of research materials or products that scholars might choose to disseminate. The report identifies nine types of such materials, which vary with respect to the stage of the analysis, burden on the researcher, benefits to the research community, and risks:
(1) Raw (primary) source material;
(2) bibliographic references to the source material;
(3) sampling plans;
(4) commentary and deliberative process notes regarding coding decisions;
(5) “chapter/verse” references for each coding decision;
(6) data codebooks;
(7) coded data;
(8) estimates of inter-coder reliability;
(9) concept mapping (glossary/ontology).

Keywords: qualitative methods, research transparency, content analysis, coding, inter-coder reliability, Qualitative Transparency Deliberations

Suggested Citation

Elkins, Zachary and Spitzer, Scott and Tallberg, Jonas, Content Analysis, Non-Automated (February 13, 2019). American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Qualitative Transparency Deliberations, Working Group Final Reports, Report III.5 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3333485 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3333485

Zachary Elkins (Contact Author)

University of Texas, Austin ( email )

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Austin, TX 78712
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Scott Spitzer

Division of Politics, Administration and Justice ( email )

800 N State College St
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States

California State University, Fullerton ( email )

800 N State College St
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States

Jonas Tallberg

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

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