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The integrative 4-point approach to sampling for qualitative interview studies

Robinson, O.C. (2014). Sampling in interview-based qualitative research: A theoretical and practical guide. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 11, 25-41. DOI 10.1080/14780887.2013.801543

Sampling is a vital component of qualitative research, but there is little published guidance on how to do it within a pragmatic, flexible framework. My approach provides this much needed theory and practical guidance. The article has been cited over 5000 times.

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The "DICE" framework for probing in qualitative interview and focus groups 

Robinson, O.C. (2023). Probing in qualitative research interviews: Theory and practice. Qualitative Research in Psychology, online first. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2023.2238625

Probing is key to high-quality research interviewing. It is the process of using verbal prompts after a person has responded to a question, to gain more information about the previous answer. My 'DICE' approach provides a theoretical rationale and taxonomic framework to conducting probing, which is linked to practical advice. DICE stands for the four kinds of probe in the model; Descriptive, Idiographic Memory, Clarifying and Explanatory. Click here for the full text.

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Structured Tabular Thematic Analysis - for analysis of brief texts

Robinson, O.C. (2022). Thematic analysis for brief texts: The structured tabular approach. Qualitative Psychology, 9, 2, 194–208. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/qup0000189

There are many forms of qualitative analysis designed for long texts such as interviews and focus group transcripts, but few that are designed to handle brief texts of a paragraph or less. This method has been developed for that task, and is being widely used across the social sciences. You can access a copy of the submitted version of journal article about it here

 

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Relational analysis: A bolt-on method for exploring relationships between themes in qualitative analysis

Robinson, O.C. (2011). Relational analysis: an ‘add-on’ technique for aiding data integration in qualitative research. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8, 197-209.

The innovation of “add-on” techniques to supplement existing qualitative methods can be seen as part of a move towards a pluralist, eclectic qualitative psychology. Relational Analysis can be used to help explore the full spectrum of possible relationships between analytical themes
within qualitative data.

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