Five Tech Solutions to Qualitative Data Collection: What Strengthens or Weakens Data Quality?

Research Design Review

Qualitative researchers have increasingly new ways to engage with their participants. Beyond the traditional and still most frequent approach of the in-person mode, qualitative researchers have a host of technological solutions at their disposal. Instead of in-person focus group discussions, for instance, the researcher might opt for asynchronous focus groups. Or rather than in-person multiple methods qualitative research, the researcher might design an all-tech solution that blends online observation with asynchronous groups or any one of several technological options for the in-depth interview method such as mobile video or the email IDI.

The following is a presentation given at the2018 annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. This presentation discusses five tech solutions to qualitative research data collection with particular consideration given to the aspects of these approaches that strengthen or weaken data quality. These quality considerations are discussed from the perspective of the

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Questioning ALL of Economic Theory?

An Islamic WorldView

In general, many people are shocked to learn that I recommend wholesale rejection of modern economics. Like Dr. Anas Zarqa, they advise me that Islam recommends moderation — we should carefully examine knowledge, and accept that which is good and reject that which is wrong.  Here is my response to his email to me to this effect:

Dr Anas Zarqa, Assalamo Alaikum

Here is a link to a post by David Ruccio, a leading heterodox economist, who argues that we need to question the ENTIRE EDIFICE of mainstream economics: (Utopia and Macroeconomics)

Recognizing how narrow the existing discourse has become means we need to question the entire edifice of mainstream macroeconomics, including its utopian promise of full employment and price stability.

Only then can we begin to recognize how bad things have gotten under both the successes and failures of mainstream macroeconomics and to imagine and invent…

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The Illusion of Scarcity

A do not totally agree with Pr Zaman’Idea.I will discuss it in a preview post.

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(continuation of previous post on ET1%: Blindfolds Created by Economic Theory)

Economists have performed an amazing piece of magic, successfully creating a mass deception which has taken in the vast majority of the population of the world. Seeing through this complex and sophisticated trick requires separating, studying and understanding many different elements which all combine to create this illusion. One of the elements is a binary theory of knowledge, according to which theories are either true or false, and this is the only characteristic of theories that we should study. This prevents us from looking at the historical context in which the theories originate, and the functions that these theories serve, in terms of advancing the interests of powerful groups in the social struggles then going on. Social theories cannot be understood without this context, and hiding this context, and the relationships between knowledge and power, is an essential…

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The Methodology of Islamic Economics

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My ten minute welcome address on this topic at the 6th Workshop on Islamic Economics, arranged by IKAM in Istanbul, 5-7 Apr 2018. A video of the entire session — in Turkish — is available from links below.

We must start by understanding that Western methodology for economics is seriously flawed. For reasons too complex to explain here (see “Deification of Science”), Europeans rejected religion, and came to believe that science is the only valid source of knowledge. However, scientific method is seriously handicapped when it comes to the study of human beings and societies. For a deeper discussion, see “Method or Madness?”; briefly, we can mention two major defects:

  1. Human beings are free to choose (between good and evil). Their future behavior is not predictable from the past.
  2. Mathematical formulae cannot be used to describe behavior, since humans change unpredictably. Formulas require robots, and…

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Statistics: An Islamic Approach?

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On Thursday, 5th April 2018, I had a extended discussion for over three hours, with students and faculty of business and economics at the Ibn-e-Haldun University in Istanbul, Turkey, which has been launched with a view to re-integrate Islamic teachings into a modern education. I discussed themes covered at length in my lecture AM29 on “Origins of Western Social Sciences” which is 29th lecture in my Advance Micro course. This lecture explains how social sciences arose in the West after the rejection of Christianity, as an attempt to find alternative bases for the study of human beings and societies. The foundations of this approach are anti-thetical to religion, even though this is concealed within a mask of objectivity and rationality, which has deceived Muslims into accepting these sciences on face value. Once we understand these origins, the necessity for creating a radically different approach to social…

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Seeking Interaction in the Focus Group Method

Research Design Review

There is an article that ran in Research Design Review back in 2013 having to do with the interactions that ensue in focus group discussions. Specifically, this article addresses the idea that participants’ interactions have a significant impact on the outcomes of focus group discussions and yet this “facet of the focus group method…is largely ignored in the analysis and reporting of group research.” This article goes on to give an example of a way to think about the interaction effect in the focus group method.

Missing from this article is the question of whether – or the extent to which – interactions even exist in the discussions being analyzed. It seems self-evident that a “discussion” would involve two or more people exchanging ideas and thoughts – that is, an interaction. And yet, one of the most difficult skills to teach in focus group training is how to ignite an…

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The Second Crisis of Knowledge among Muslims

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14 Centuries ago, Islam Created A Revolution in the world. Teachings of Islam catapulted ignorant and backwards Arabs to world leadership. The teachings of Isalm led to the creation of a unique civilization which dominated the world for a thousand years. [shortlink for this post:]

The QUESTION of BURNING IMPORTANCE IS: Are these teachings relevant/valuable today? The answer, given in the ten-minute video, is also presented in the 1000 word summary below:

1000wd summary of Second Crisis of Knowledge:

Do the teachings of Islam have the same power today as they did 1400 years ago?

Unfortunately, Muslims today think that these teaching are NO LONGER relevant. They do not have the same power today to transform our personal lives and world, like they did 1400 years ago. It is indeed true that “Islam came as stranger, and will become a stranger” – the true teachings of…

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