Qualitative Data at FORS!
With the growing importance of qualitative research in its own right, as well as in its role as a complement to quantitative data in social science research projects, DARIS at FORS has start archiving qualitative data produced by researchers in Switzerland.
At a national meeting in 2010 in Berne, an array of interested researchers publicly launched a manifesto on qualitative research methods, edited by the Swiss Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences, and signed by representatives of Swiss Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Teacher Education, and by FORS. As part of this work, it was established that FORS would serve as a national centre for preserving and disseminating for reuse significant collections of qualitative data produced within Switzerland.
Click here for details on our policies and procedures regarding qualitative data.
For an example of an informed consent for qualitative research projects click here.
If you are interested in submitting data from your qualitative research at our data service, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Click here for information about how to prepare your qualitative data for deposit.
If you are conducting qualitative research yourself, here is a short list of some helpful materials and articles:
- Forum : Qualitative Social Research: This peer-reviewed multilingual online journal for qualitative research provides you with a vast range of articles on qualitative research. FQS is an open-access journal, so all articles are available free of charge.
- Swiss network of qualitative research: The purpose of this initiative is to link qualitative social researchers in Switzerland.
- Peer group ’QUALIzüri’: Qualitative research workshop: The group QUALIzüri engages in a stronger integration and embedding of qualitative research at the University of Zürich.
- ESDA Qualidata teaching resource: Exploring diverse interview types: Instructors and students can get useful materials designed to assist in teaching qualitative interviewing.
- Quality of Qualitative Research in the Health Sciences: Which Evaluation Criteria? The aim of this research was to understand debates about quality criteria of qualitative research in health sciences and to propose a TOOLBOX© of main consensual criteria of qualitative research.
Important qualitative data archives that offer access to their data to Swiss researchers:
- United Kingdom: ESDS Qualidata Archive, University of Essex
- Germany: Archive for Life Course Research (ALLF), University of Bremen
- USA: Henry A. Murray Research Archive, Harvard University
- Ireland: Irish Qualitative Data Archive IQDA , National University of Ireland
Secondary analysis of qualitative data — some suggested readings:
- Corti, L. (2007). Re-using archived qualitative data – where, how, why? Arch Sci, 7 37-54.
- Corti, L., & Thompson, P. (2004). Secondary analysis of archived data. In C. Seale, G. Gobo, J.F. Gubrium, & D. Silverman (eds.). Qualitative Research Practice. London: Sage. pp. 327-343.
- FQS issue on ’Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data’, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2005). Eds: Louise Corti, Andreas Witzel & Libby Bishop.
- Irwin, S., & Winterton, M. (2011). Debates in qualitative secondary analysis : critical reflections, No. 4, Timescapes Working Paper Series.
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