Access to qualitative mixed methods data

Qualitative data is non-numeric information, recorded through in-depth interview transcripts, diaries, anthropological field notes or observations, answers to open-ended survey questions, audio-visual recordings and images. This kind of data can give “rich”, in-depth descriptions to everyday life and help to provide further context.

Mixed methods approaches combine qualitative data with quantitative data in one project. This can be structured in a variety of ways; for example, closed-ended responses in a survey may be complemented with open-ended responses explaining the reasoning behind their answers; answers to a survey may be accompanied by images or additional context; or participants may be asked basic demographic details but then follow up with longer interview data or written responses. Often the numeric and non-numeric data are linked with each other.

Some of the key studies providing qualitative and/or mixed methods data are listed below.