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QUIC finished its work in 2011. The impact report for QUIC node is available on ESRC website.

Data Integration Stream

The Data Integration stream of QUIC research programme evaluated and documented procedures for CAQDAS-based methodological integration by (i) employing selected qualitative software packages to conduct secondary analysis of qualitative data on the social factors in response to natural environmental risk arising from climate change, and (ii) comparing findings from these procedures to the statistical analysis of the quantitative data in these datasets. QSR NVivo, MAXqda and ATLAS.ti provide means of importing quantitative data and linking with qualitative datasets, converting qualitative codes into quantitative variables and allowing their export to statistical packages. QUIC researchers included the hybrid software suite such as QDA Miner 3 which starts from a different epistemological starting points, as it offered traditional CAQDAS functions which could be used alongside enhanced quantitative approaches to the analysis of large datasets (e.g. multidimensional scaling, heatmaps, dendrograms, proximity plots). Such tools answer a wider range of research needs, often associated with policy research, public/media/academic discourse, or analysis of Internet and e-mail data.

Duration: September 2008 - 2010

Researchers: Graham Hughes, Thomas Koenig, Jane Fielding, Ann Lewins

Visual Data Analysis stream using the Access Grid

The second MICS project relateed to multi-stream visual data. Social science increasingly uses visual data, and a networked video conferencing technology called 'Access Grid' allows people at many locations to participate in 'virtual fieldwork' or teaching sessions convened by a host site. This project refined and documented procedures developed for the use of the Access Grid in primary data collection and advanced pedagogy. The project built on an ESRC e-Social Science project that delivered the world's first 'virtual fieldwork' via the Access Grid, and on an institution-funded pilot project delivering advanced software training via the Access Grid. Thus this projects aimed to document how to analyse AG multi-stream visual data using CAQDAS, and deliver training via AG.

Duration: September 2008 - 2010

Researchers: Nigel Fielding, Christina Silver, Thomas Koenig, Ray Lee

Geo-referencing Stream

The geo-referencing project applied and evaluated CAQDAS tools that offer GIS-type functionality, via geo-referencing a crime risk assessment methodology which explores the social environmental risk arising from crime/disorder. Geo-referencing qualitative software enables users to add a spatial dimension to qualitative data analysis. In the past users of GIS and of CAQDAS have not much intersected, yet the gains in being able to code, annotate and analytically manipulate visual representations of physical space with CAQDAS functionality are attractive. Using environmental scan methodology developed to support police/community crime audits, this stream evaluated the affordances of GIS-type CAQDAS functionality and developed an exemplar study for the TCB component of the node's work.

Duration: September 2008 - 2010

Researchers: Jane Fielding, Nigel Fielding, Graham Hughes, Christina Silver

Development of interactive protocols for choosing, planning and using CAQDAS packages

This project combined empirical research and software training to develop a set of interactive web-based protocols for different practical and methodological purposes. Alongside the existing one-day training programme, QUIC ran a series of training workshops in the use of leading qualitative software at which participants worked with their own data. A sample of participants from each workshop was invited to partake in a longitudinal project in which QUIC tracked their use of software. Their experiences contributed to the design of the online protocols for choosing, planning and using CAQDAS packages.

QUIC aimed to develop two sets of protocols. Firstly generic protocols to facilitate novice software users in three key areas: i) making informed and critical choices between packages; ii) planning software use and setting up projects efficiently; iii) and using software to facilitate different methodological approaches to qualitative data analysis. Secondly, software specific protocols which focus on more advanced aspects of analysis and software use derived from the MICS projects and focusing on aspects of data management and team working.

Duration: February 2009 - 2011

Researchers: Ann Lewins, Christina Silver

Development of online teaching materials

The analysis conducted for the data integration, visual analysis and GIS-CAQDAS projects was tracked and documented, so that analytic tasks performed using particular software tools could be systematically compared and evaluated. These projects were archived and used to develop exemplar software projects available from the CAQDAS website which can be used as self-learning and/or guided teaching aids. The exemplar projects are accompanied by explanatory materials concerning analytic, practical and technical procedures.

Duration: February 2009 -2011 Researchers: Ann Lewins, Christina Silver, Graham Hughes, Thomas Koenig