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Encyclopedia Entry

Qualitative Data Management

Lynn M. Meadows

Data management is a challenging, integral, and vital part of qualitative research if it is to be successful. Good management has been identified as necessary for facilitating the coherence of a project (Huberman & Miles, 1994). Managing data well “facilitates interpretation just as good orchestration facilitates good dance music” (Meadows & Dodendorf, 1999, p. 196). Researchers need a plan from the outset to sort, summarize, analyze, and store project data, including their process of working with the data through the iterative process. The iterative progress of qualitative research means that data management and data analysis are integral to each other. Data management in qualitative research begins with the conceptualization of the project. Although what constitutes data per se varies with ...

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