This guest blog by Helen Marshall springs from discussions of the Qualitative Interest Group (QIG) that Helen coordinates. QIG meets monthly in Melbourne Australia to discuss issues around researching with qualitative data. QIG members include those who are beginning to use qualitative data and experienced researchers.
Memos and journals are useful tools throughout analysis of qualitative data. They can be used to support reflection, record-keeping, and rigour.
International Program for Development Evaluation Training 2016: Building Skills to Evaluate Development Interventions
This IIED Briefing Paper shows that the methods of process tracing and Bayesian updating can facilitate a dialogue between theory and evidence that allows for the assessing of the degree of confidence in ‘contribution claims’ in a transparent and replicable way.