This webinar is part of the Qualitative Research & Innovation Webinar Series presented by NVivo and SAGE Publications.
There is now a widely held consensus that more transparent research provides better outcomes for individual researchers, for scientific communities, and for society at large. Principles of transparency are also increasingly being written into funding requirements and incorporated into journal policies. Most efforts towards transparent research to date have focused on quantitative research and the data that underpin it. The demand for scientific transparency, however, is equally relevant to qualitative research and data, even though sharing qualitative data poses unique challenges, both logistically and ethically. In a collaboration that now enters its third year, researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and the Qualitative Data Repository are exploring how to maximize the transparency of qualitative research in health, without compromising on qualitative research’s unique contributions and while maintaining the security of confidentiality of sensitive information shared by participants.
We introduce general concepts of research transparency and how they relate (and do not relate) to qualitative work and then describe their application in two case studies: the design and application of a “transparency checklist” in a complex longitudinal qualitative study for which data
cannot be shared, and considerations around confidentiality and informed consent for a different study for which de-identified data will be shared.
Presenters: Sebastian Karcher, PhD; Lori Frohwirth, BA; Jennifer Mueller, MPH
Organizations: Qualitative Data Repository and Syracuse University (Karcher); The Guttmacher Institute (Frohwirth and Mueller)
Theory and Practice of Transparent Qualitative Health Research
March 25, 2021
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