Alternative Data Techniques to Improve Rigor in Qualitative Research

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August 18, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am
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Tyler Jamison and Caroline Sanner
Tyler Jamison and Caroline Sanner

As qualitative research becomes more deeply embedded in Family Science, it is increasingly important to provide transparency about the data analysis process. The details of how scholars produce a qualitative results section are often hidden behind the terms used by major qualitative texts (e.g., open and axial coding, constant comparitive technique). However, many qualitative traditions include a diverse set of tools for understanding participants' lived experiences and creating a cohesive, data-driven narrative about the topic of interest. Exploring data in other creative ways is a critical component of data analysis, yet is rarely seen when reported in published journal articles.

M. Elise Radina
M. Elise Radina

Building on Drs. Áine Humble and M. Elise Radina's work to uncover how qualitative researchers arrive at their conclusions, this webinar will demonstrate how to improve rigor in qualitative data methods by moving beyond basic coding language and techniques. Specifically, participants will learn how to "play" with qualitative data by using diverse techniques to enhance the rigor of the analysis. For example, the presenters will demonstrate how theoretical memos, family diagrams, drawings, lists, and tables can enhance the data analysis process. Strategies will be shared on how to write and respond to reviewers’ feedback when submitting articles to peer-reviewed journals.

Participants are encouraged to attend the webinar with a data set or project in mind that may benefit from these techniques so that the discussion can spark new ways of thinking about achieving rigor in their analyses.

Regardless of where you are in finalizing a qualitative research project, you will leave this webinar with the ability to:

  • Articulate the methodological basis of rigor in qualitative methods
  • Apply new techniques to conduct a more rigorous qualitative investigation
  • Accurately report qualitative research methods and findings
  • Respond to reviewers’ questions about the rigor of qualitative research methods

Approved for 1 hour of CFLE continuing education credit.

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About the Presenters

Tyler Jamison, Ph.D., received her degree in human development and family studies from the University of Missouri in 2012. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire, where she engages in qualitative research focused on romantic relationship development and dissolution during emerging adulthood. Her most recent work is a mixed method investigation of how the conditions created by Covid-19 have shaped romantic development for unmarried couples. She has served as a community educator and consultant for programs that promote healthy relationships and parenting among vulnerable families including divorcing couples and low-income, unmarried, and teen parents. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Family Relations, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Issues, and Journal of Family Psychology.  

Caroline Sanner, Ph.D., received her degree in human development and Family Science from the University of Missouri in 2018. She currently is an assistant professor at Virginia Tech in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, where she uses qualitative methods and critical theories to explore family processes in post-divorce families and stepfamilies.


About the Guest Speaker

M. Elise Radina, Ph.D., CFLE, is a professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Graduate Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Society at Miami University. She is a qualitative methodologist whose research focuses broadly on families and health. Dr. Radina primarily studies mid- and later-life women in family contexts (e.g., breast cancer survivorship, positive aging, breast cancer-related lymphedema). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Women & Aging, Cancer Nursing, Family Relations, the Journal of Family Nursing, Lymphology, and the Journal of Family Theory & Review. She serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Family Theory & Review. Her co-edited book published by Taylor & Francis, Real Stories of How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens: Moving Beyond “Themes Emerged” (with Áine Humble, Ph.D.) was published in 2018 and was awarded the 2020 Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research by the National Council on Family Relations.

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