Newcomers: Transparency in qualitative research Online
Recent years has seen an increase in calls for openness and sharing in research. GDPR and the proliferation of open access repositories, as well as concerns about how data has been used to inform policies, have all raised public awareness of this drive. In 2007, OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding declared data as a public good, prompting a swathe of action. Now, funders, professional societies and journals are asking researchers to deposit data in an appropriate data repository. Within quantitative research, the infrastructure to facilitate this transparency is well-established an accepted; the complexities of nature of qualitative research, however, has largely left challenges for researchers trying to do the same with qualitative data.
Data sharing ideology promotes value for money through more and subsequent analysis of data; opportunities for collaboration and comparison; and research validation. Looking at archived, qualitative datasets, we can glean lessons about the good practices to help foster transparency and take advantage of these benefits. This session will include a summary of the so-called “reproducibility crisis” in research and present case studies and examples of how qualitative researchers have demonstrated transparency in their research. By critically engaging in discussions of how transparency can be facilitated within qualitative research, we will explore what realistic expectations for what open research in qualitative research looks like.
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