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Rosaline S. Barbour

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 14: Quality of Data Collection

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Quality of Data Collection
Quality of Data Collection
Rosaline S. Barbour

Although there have been protracted and lively debates about ‘quality’ in qualitative research (see Barbour, 2014a), these seldom focus on the quality of the data collected, but tend to relate to outputs, in the form of published papers or reports, and much of the discussion revolves around judging more accessible components, such as the adequacy of the research design employed and the rigour involved in the process of analysis. The picture is further muddied by the fact that the various qualitative traditions have different ‘takes’ on what constitutes data and, therefore, what makes for ‘good’ data. Quality, then, in relation to data collection, is a somewhat elusive concept and often it comes to our attention ...

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