Validating qualitative research
In cross-validated studies, it is common to have data from both qualitative and quantitative studies.
These have been adapted from Johnson & Christensen 2012 to focus on the type of qualitative research more typical in User Experience such as usability tests or contextual inquires (where an interface is usually involved). "Qualtative research in health care: Assessing quality in qualitative research." BMJ. (the process of developing, testing, and using the device).Summarizing findings from watching participants in a usability test generates a lot of utterances, actions and images.In reality, usability testing is (or at least should be) a mixed-method approach: both qualitative and quantitative data are collected.An instrument that is externally valid helps obtain population generalizability, or the degree to which a sample represents the population.
Qualitative research is often used as a catch-all phrase to mean not to expect any “hard numbers” from research findings.
So I took little pieces here and there from articles, books, and webpages and compiled them into own comprehensive approach to validating questionnaires.
I have used this approach to publish questionnaire-based articles.
He has been a member of Methodspace for several years.
I found it strange that faculty in a psychology department were unable to tell a graduate student how to validate a survey.
Aren’t questionnaires one of the most common methods of data collection in the social sciences? After graduating I was determined to find out how to validate surveys, so I checked out some books from my school’s library and purchased others from Amazon.