Structured Field Coding and Its Application to National Assessments

26 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2021

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William H. Dutton

GCSCC Computer Science University of Oxford

Louise Axon

University of Oxford - Department of Computer Science

Carolin Weisser Harris

University of Oxford - Department of Computer Science

Date Written: January 31, 2021

Abstract

This working paper introduces ‘structured field coding’ (SFC) as an approach to coding observations based on multiple methods, quantitative as well as qualitative. This approach differs from open field coding in providing a structure for coding observations from the field based on established frameworks for assessment. The method is explained along with a discussion of the origin and the advantages and limitations of this approach. It can be used in a variety of studies but is presented here as a means to integrate data for cross-national comparative analyses. Its potential application to the integration of national cybersecurity capacity and cyber risk assessments are presented as one of many potential applications of this approach.

Keywords: coding, field, structured, methods, cyber, security, risk, assessment

Suggested Citation

Dutton, William H. and Axon, Louise and Weisser Harris, Carolin, Structured Field Coding and Its Application to National Assessments (January 31, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3781600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3781600

William H. Dutton (Contact Author)

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Louise Axon

University of Oxford - Department of Computer Science ( email )

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Carolin Weisser Harris

University of Oxford - Department of Computer Science ( email )

Wolfson Building, Parks Road
Oxford
United Kingdom

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