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Record number 537781
Title Addressing the Challenges Related to Transforming Qualitative Into Quantitative Data in Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Author(s) Block, Debora de; Vis, Barbara
Source Journal of Mixed Methods Research (2018). - ISSN 1558-6898
Department(s) Water Systems and Global Change
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) calibration - data presentation - mixed methods research - qualitative comparative analysis - qualitative data - quantitizing - sensitivity testing
Abstract The use of qualitative data has so far received relatively little attention in methodological discussions on qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). This article addresses this lacuna by discussing the challenges researchers face when transforming qualitative data into quantitative data in QCA. By reviewing 29 empirical studies using qualitative data for QCA, we explore common practices related to data calibration, data presentation, and sensitivity testing. Based on these three issues, we provide considerations when using qualitative data for QCA, which are relevant both for QCA scholars working with qualitative data and the wider mixed methods research community involved in quantitizing.
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