Monthly Archives: June 2013

Take your passion and make it happen


When conducting scholarly research, it is important to understand the role passion plays. Passion can help us stay motivated and focused, but it can also blind us to the truth. If we pick a topic to convince the world of the one true answer to a question we pose, we are probably asking the wrong question and writing a position paper rather than conducting scholarly research. To help you harness the passion in a scholarly way, come check out:

Transcribing Interview Data


By Marilyn Simon and Jim Goes

Many researchers and students who choose qualitative methodology end up gathering and transcribing interview data, whether they are conducting a phenomenological study of participant “lived experiences”, gathering data for case studies or ethnographies, or using other designs.  A successful study using interviews inevitably involves transcription of interview data, yet many new researchers are not sure about how to do it.  Moreover, we sometimes see presentations of interview results that demonstrate weak analysis, short discussions, and limited development and integration of categories and themes.  These problems are often an indicator and result of poor transcription and analysis of interview data.

Our latest resource addresses this problem, and provides guidance for transcribing interview data as an important step towards a substantive, credible qualitative study.

Transcribing interview data


Ex Post Facto Research: Using Existing Data for your Dissertation Research


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By Marilyn Simon and Jim Goes


Are you tired of seeing good data that is not being put to good use? 

Do you want to avoid having to collect new data?

Are you looking for a quick and substantive path to dissertation completion?


If so, you should consider ex post facto research.

Ex post facto data is research data that has already been collected, but not necessarily amassed for specific research purposes. Ex post facto literally means from what is done afterwards. This can be viewed as an experimental research in reverse.

Instead of taking groups that are equivalent and subjecting them to different treatments to determine differences in the dependent variables (a classic approach in experimental or quasi-experimental research), an ex post facto approach begins with groups that are already different in some respect, and searches in retrospect for factors that brought about those differences. In this way, ex post facto research can transform a non-experimental research design into a pseudo-experimental study.

Want more details? See our recently updated recipe below on this underutilized and highly accessible approach to “harvesting” valuable data that has already been collected, and re-purposing it for a different study. Click the red link below to see more.


Ex Post Facto Research: Using Existing Data for Valuable Research


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