Analysis Sally St. George, PhD Taos-Tilburg Research Topic Call October 1, 2009 Contact: [email protected] Analysis The means by which you make sense of all of the information you have gathered A process of transformation/social construction Imagine the button exercise Analysis is…. directed toward answering your question of inquiry—I urge you to keep that as your guiding light an exercise in collating, combining, interrogating, reducing many pieces of information into a coherent set of ideas Determine what you are looking for… relationships? explanations? patterns? Guiding Principles You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, however the best researchers add new content to our knowledge base and stretch methods – it is beneficial to study analysis methods so you understand what they have been designed to produce. Analysis is best when it is made transparent. Keep track of what you do all along the way. Support your decisions with the literature and show where you departed from the literature. Guiding Principles Continued Make sure your analysis processes are in line with your theoretical orientation. Talk to yourself and others—keep a record of your thoughts and ideas along the way. Keep your findings close to the data— don’t go beyond what your data allows.