We are experts in using qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo 10, Nud*ist, HyperResearch, and Atlas. We are adept with scholarly databases such as JSTOR, Ebsco, ProQuest, Scopus, Questia, Blackwell Synergy, ScienceDirect, and many others. We are dedicated to helping our clients analyze their qualitative data utilizing a number of different methodologies.
Meta-Analysis is a methodology employed to synthesize the outcomes of various studies related to the same topic or outcome measure. We can achieve an integration of research findings through qualitative means. The qualitative meta-analysis also referred to as meta-synthesis, follows the same replicable procedures of a quantitative meta-analysis; however, it is interpretive rather than aggregative. It is critical to define the domain of research and establish criteria for including studies in the review.
Phenomenology has its roots in philosophy as presented by Edmund Husserl in the late 1800’s. Scholars applied phenomenology to the field of psychology around 1879 (Giorgi, 2009). The phenomenon is an experience that presents itself to consciousness, something that is present in human consciousness. There are two main principles in the phenomenological approach:
- Husserl’s “principle of principles” that views experiences as legitimate; researchers should not try to add to, or subtract from what is presented by participants (Giorgi, 2009, p. 69).
2. The concept of “free imaginative variation” which requires removing an aspect of the phenomena to determine what is essential. If the removal results in substantially changing what we have, we can view it as essential (Giorgi, 2009, p. 69).
A case study approach is useful for exploring, describing, and explaining questions for research (Yin, 1994). In addition, a case study approach is useful for providing feedback to how or what questions (Yin, 2009). A multiple case study investigates a contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context (Yin, 2009, p. 37).