As I’m still struggling to put finger to keyboard, and add words to the thesis itself, I thought it would be useful to work on the Data Analysis part of the study.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m using Dedoose, and have got to know the software well over the last couple of months. I’ve bitten the bullet and paid for a six month subscription, not cheap (compared to the zero-cost alternatives that I had through various institutions), but it’s done the job for me. I’ve now completed the first round of data analysis for some 23 interviews carried out over the last year.
Of over 131,000 words of transcribed interview data, I’ve now got some 216 ‘chunks’ of data that I’ve categorised along some pretty broad brush strokes. What I now need to do is to work through these, make sure I’ve coded correctly, maybe refine further in places, and then take this and build some compelling narratives using these, across the participants. Not easy… but to be honest it’s easier to do than the Methodology Chapter is turning out to be.
Is this the end of the transcribing/coding trail for me? No, not quite. There may be supplementary questions I need to ask the participants, and I’ve also secured interviews with the Chief Executive of the organisation I’ve been working with, and another ‘big cheese’ within the company, who will help me make the all-important link back from the individuals back to the organisation itself.
So progress is being made. Slow, almost imperceptible at times, but still progress. Very soon I’ll hit the ‘six months to go’ marker, and then the pressure really will be on. I still veer between absolute assurance that I’ll be fine and submit, and crippling self-doubt. But I’m finding this post useful, especially point 8, thanks to a friend for pointing this out to me.