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Louise Corti

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 11: Data Collection in Secondary Analysis

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Data Collection in Secondary Analysis
Data Collection in Secondary Analysis
Louise Corti
Introduction

This chapter examines prerequisites for enabling reuse or secondary analysis of qualitative data (informally known as SAQD) that has not been collected by the analyst. The first part of the chapter provides an overview of what people are doing with existing data, from new analysis to revisiting one's own data, and what challenges face them in their quest. The second part poses questions that a secondary analyst can ask of data, such as, are the data to hand a good fit for the proposed project? The role of detective comes to mind, appraising the materials and examining provenance to satisfy oneself that there is adequate context surrounding the data and that the limitations are ...

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