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Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: Researching Implementation and Change

by Mary L. Derrington SAGE Publications, Inc
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Mary Lynne Derrington’s Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: Researching Implementation and Change addresses the use of the qualitative longitudinal methods, their unique methodological features, and the challenges and benefits to this approach. This short supplemental text uses examples of published studies, and the author’s own stories and examples, to show application of the concepts. A chapter on how to prepare a manuscript for publication concentrates on the distinctive aspects of publishing longitudinal studies. The book will be useful to those researching change and its impact on organizations and individuals resulting from the implementation of programs and policies.

Why I Wrote the Book
Organization of the Book
The Impact of Change
Chapter 1: The Benefits and Challenges of Longitudinal Qualitative Studies
Describing Longitudinal Research
Qualitative Basics: A Review
Longitudinality: Contribution to Qualitative Methodology
The Value of Qualitative Longitudinal Studies
Many Studies Resulting from One Data Set
The Impact of Change
The Challenges of Qualitative Longitudinal Studies
Participant Attrition
The Issue of Time
Chapter Summary
Chapter 2: Designing Qualitative Longitudinal Studies
Design Basics in Qualitative Research
Expansion of the Basic Design
Research Protocols
Theoretical Change Frameworks
Literature Review
Anticipation of Ethical Issues
Chapter Summary
Chapter 3: Building on Qualitative Research with a Longitudinal Design
Historical Studies
Trend Studies
Grounded Theory
Case Studies
Combined Methodologies
Chapter 4: Perspectives on the Two-Way Research Relationship
Balancing Personal and Professional Relationships with Participants
Giving Back to Participants
Giving Appropriate Tokens of Appreciation
Communicating and Sharing Research Results
Allowing Participants to be Heard
Appreciation of Participants' Time
Understand the Context and Topic
Perceptions of Risks and Benefits to Participants
Ethical Considerations and Dilemmas
Exiting the Study
Chapter Summary
Chapter 5: Management of Longitudinal State Throughout a Study
Keeping Coding Timely and On-Going
Managing Longitudinal Interview Data
Labeling Data
Effective Organization
Learning NVivo: Lessons by a Beginner, for a Beginner
A Useful Learning and Teaching Resource
Interview on Managing, Coding, and Analyzing Data
Chapter Summary
Chapter 6: Longitudinal Data Analysis
Approaches to Data Analysis
Theming with a Longitudinal Perspective
Questions Framing Change
Theoretical Triangulation
Multiple Views
Multiple Analysts Collaboration
Visual Representations
Concept Maps
Word Clouds
Project Maps
Hierarchy Charts
Chapter Summary
Chapter 7: Preparing a Longitudinal Study for Publication
Digging Deeply for Meaning
Writing Manuscripts Incorporating Longitudinality
Presenting Findings: Describing Change
Writing the Report: Finding One's Voice and Audience
What We Look For
Conveying Change and Longitudinality
Trustworthiness of Researcher's Interpretation Over Time
Writing the Longitudinal Manuscript
A Resource
Chapter Summary
Chapter 8: Conclusion: Legacies, Lessons and Change
Leaving a Legacy
Learning from a Diary of Lessons
Checklist of Lessons
Future Possibilities
Chapter Summary

“Mary Lynne Derrington provides clarity of purpose and intent about longitudinal research methods and approaches in a way that supports examining change over time. This is a book that I will use and recommend to others.”