Who is good at qualitative network analysis?

Net-Map Toolbox

It’s hit and miss, either they get it or not… Qualitative network analysis is one of these things. You need to know how to handle qualitative data, which is something you can be trained in. One group are the very qualitatively oriented, people who tell you two stories and are acutely aware of all the differences between them. I’m struggling with this. And learning while I struggle.

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A simple guide to Qualitative Easing

Neighbourhoods

As a service to readers, this blog now offers an easy guide to the little-known alternative micro-social policy of qualitative easing. Qualitative easing is the government's strategy of floating-off prosocial behaviour by reducing the rate of interest that services actually take in people, thereby 'artificially' increasing the amount of mutual support in the market. But what makes qualitative easing so clever is the way it leaves prosocial behaviour to look after itself.

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#SOCRMx Week 7: Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research

Jenny Connected

The past two weeks in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC (SOCRMx) have covered ‘How to Lie with Statistics’ (Week 6 Quantitative data analysis) and ‘Interpretation and Trustworthiness in Qualitative Data Analysis’ (Week 7).

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Net-Map training, 16th-17th August, Washington DC

Net-Map Toolbox

You want to understand the politics of a reform, manage the people side of your business, evaluate complex projects or do engaging qualitative, quantitative and visual network research?

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How to use Net-Map in Monitoring and Evaluation

Net-Map Toolbox

This is a tool that is great for telling you about the HOW and WHY, especially if you have a good interviewer who will dig deep into the qualitative discussion of the map and take good notes of it. Are you planning or implementing complex projects, that aim at social change?

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Crafting Research

Jenny Connected

Crafting Qualitative Research: Morgan and S Smircich 30 Years On. Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research. This seminar that I attended last week on crafting research was very interesting.

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Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia through a Gender and Governance Lens

Net-Map Toolbox

This paper uses Net-Map for qualitative data collection on the use of agricultural extension in Ethiopia, especially understanding the role of women (authors: Tewodaj Mogues, Marc J.

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Blog>> User Adoption and Valuating Performance

Green Chameleon

qualitative satisfaction : beside the quantitative valuation, also measure how happy the people are with the new solution; regularly read the pulse with simple mood questionnaires; we are using the ‘net promoter score’ where we ask if the people would recommend our services.

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#SOCRMx Week 4: ‘half-way’ tasks and reflections

Jenny Connected

Particularly useful is reference to this open textbook : Principles of Sociological Inquiry – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods with specific reference to Chapters 14.1 (Click on the image to go to source.). This post should have been made at the end of last week.

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Engestrom, Wenger and Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

The object of activity is qualitatively transformed so as to open up a horizon of wider possibilities and new actions.’.

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#SOCRMx: Week 4 – Discourse Analysis

Jenny Connected

Discourse analysis is a method for collecting qualitative data through the analysis of talk and text. (Click on image for source).

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Value Creation in Communities of Practice – further insights

Jenny Connected

website statistics as an indicator of immediate value in Cycle 1), much of the framework focuses on collecting qualitative data though story telling in answer to questions such as ‘What activities have you participated in and how has this participation changed your practice?’

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SOCRMx Week 2 Surveys

Jenny Connected

I have found all this fascinating but the truth of the matter is that I prefer collecting qualitative data to quantitative data. I have divided this post into two parts. The first part reports on information from the course site.

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Blog>> Metrics, ROI, Monitoring and Evaluation Again

Green Chameleon

Matt Moore is doing some interesting thinking around ROI, and to the quantitative/qualitative mix, he’s now adding ‘credibility’ or ‘authority’ of the project leader as an important but usually neglected issue.

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How (some) SMEs are using the Web

Nancy White

The survey is collecting lots more data - both quantitative and qualitative. I have just been going through some of the early results from an online survey I launched yesterday. I am looking at how SMEs in the technology/new media sector in the South East of England are using a variety of Web services/technologies to communicate and share information both internally and externally. The results are still coming in so it will be a couple of weeks before I have a full summary I can share.

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From intuition to knowing for sure: a case of applying learning analytics at course level

Joitske Hulsebosch

This qualitative data is generally speaking easy to generate from a learning platform. Good' a qualitative concept and difficult to measure. Blogpost is written in collaboration with Francois Walgering from MOOCfactory and Sibrenne Wagenaar from Ennuonline.

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#SOCRMx – Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC. Week 1

Jenny Connected

To date I have always preferred a qualitative approach. Source of image. I am currently participating in two MOOCs – the #openedMOOC run by David Wiley and George Siemens , and this one – Introduction to Social Research Methods, run by Jeremy Knox and his team at Edinburgh University.

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#SOCRMx Week 5: Data Analysis

Jenny Connected

One paper took a qualitative approach to data generation and the other a quantitative approach. In this second half of the Introduction to Social Research Methods course the focus shifts from data generation and research methods to data analysis. Click on image for source).

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Brands & The Collaborative Economy Research Project: Call for Participation

Online Community Strategy

Today I’m kicking off a qualitative research project exploring the level of understanding, interest in, and urgency surrounding the Collaborative Economy for Brands.

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Net-Map Level 1 Certification Course (Washington, DC)

Net-Map Toolbox

Level 2: Net-Map Qualitative and Visual Data Collection and Analysis. We offer Net-Map certification courses on 4 levels: Level 1: Net-Map Facilitation. Level 3: Net-Map Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis. Level 4: Net-Map Mastery – Train the Trainer. Join us for a 2 day, Level 1 Net-Map class on the 4.-5. of August in Washington DC! You will learn how to use this pen-and-paper method in meetings, individual interviews and to structure your own thinking process.

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Engestrom, Wenger and Emergent Learning

Jenny Connected

The object of activity is qualitatively transformed so as to open up a horizon of wider possibilities and new actions.’.

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The evidence is here: Visual portfolio mapping delivers better decisions

Governance in a Networked World

This article also included qualitative evidence of the positive business outcomes the visualisation led to.

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Teaching English with Technology – does it work? Part 1

e-Moderation Station

The aim of this 6-week qualitative study was to investigate the effect of an online audience on the students’ writing process. Photo by Nico Cavallotto. Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Value Creation in Communities of Practice

Jenny Connected

As communities move through the cycles they have to touch on more qualitative data, but stories are about causality, not about whether data is quantitative or qualitative and stories are needed from all levels of the framework.

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MOOCs – Which Way Now?

Jenny Connected

The initial survey generated over 30,000 words of qualitative data from a survey completed by 47 participants.

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Workshop in Seattle

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the reasons for writing the book on user adoption was to show that many different ways are available for approaching the user adoption challenge, and to profile each of those ways with both qualitative and quantitative survey data. I've been working with a client in Seattle on user adoption for a SharePoint-based team collaboration application over the past two days (using the User Adoption In-House Workshop as the basis).

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What toddler tantrums tell you about work conflicts – Or: The risks and benefits of being a pattern thinker

Net-Map Toolbox

I realized that it’s not so much about whether you are more of a left brain or right brain person, whether you think in numbers or stories (quantitative vs. qualitative), but it’s about being able to see patterns. Or, to move this from the (made up) quantitative to the more qualitative description of the same question: How can you become a skeptical optimist instead of becoming a cynic?

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HBS Working Knowledge: Virtual Teams

Collaborative Thinking

These qualitative data are used to investigate components of team learning previously highlighted in the team learning literature—namely reflection-oriented and action-oriented behaviors—and to examine the boundaries of these learning behaviors. The citation link will bring you to the page where you can download the PDF. Worth scanning. Virtual Team Learning: Reflecting and Acting, Alone or With Others. Authors: Deborah L. Soule and Lynda M. Applegate. Abstract.

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Guerrilla Research into Rhizomatic Learning

Jenny Connected

With one or two exceptions, the research I have been involved in has never been funded and has been qualitative or mixed methods research. (Source of image: [link].

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#Share2011 - @sarahhaase De-Mystifying ROI Calculation for #SharePoint (Sarah Haase, Best Buy)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sarah has a great grid to show possible ROI measures - splitting between quantitative and qualitative. -. In the penultimate session of Share 2011, Sarah Haase is presenting her second session of the conference - about ROI for SharePoint.

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The Knowledge Management Impact Challenge

Net-Map Toolbox

And add a qualitative component to your inquiry, asking what they learn, whose information they trust and how knowing this has changed their work or their life. How can you measure the impact of knowledge management? “It’s not easy-o&# as my Ghanaian friends would say.

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System dynamics and classical music

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

That article might be good food for thought for arts organizations, and it is a good example showing how one can think through and then present a qualitative system dynamics approach to a specific problem in a clear fashion, unlike the way the NY Times presented a qualitative model recently. I've blogged about three system dynamics models I've used to help make sense of challenging issues surrounding the classical music scene.

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Diversity is hard

Jenny Connected

Understanding Communication Patterns in MOOCs: Combining Data Mining and qualitative methods. Source of image.

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Cognitive Edge accreditation and SenseMaker workshop

Mathemagenic

Random comments about the experience (coloured by my experiences of living in the blogoshpere and doing qualitative research :). While it doesn’t address my hopes of finding something that would help to make sense of an emergent space in an emergent way, it might be a pretty useful instrument to make sense of big volumes of qualitative data when modulators could be discovered beforehand (cryptic, I know :).

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Ethical behaviours online

Jenny Connected

These indicators have been identified from both quantitative and qualitative data suggesting that ‘bad behaviour’ cannot be simply a matter of individual perception.

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Brands & The Collaborative Economy Research Project: Call for Participation

Online Community Strategy

— Today I’m kicking off a qualitative research project exploring the level of understanding, interest in, and urgency surrounding the Collaborative Economy for Brands. Update 3/2/15: The survey (Wave 1) will remain open until Friday, March 6th.

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Public Shared Services Design: the service cost and quality balancing act

The Bumble Bee

The issue, of course, is that as soon as the quality of service enters the discussion the whole debate moves from the quantitative (numbers) to the qualitative (opinions) and unless you are very careful may actually stall the whole design process.

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Social Media Planning and Evaluation for NGOs

Nancy White

Qualitative Evaluation. As you know, communications is as much a qualitative thing as a quantitative thing. What type of quantitative and qualitative information do we need to track to measure our success or learn how to improve our social media strategy?

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Participation In Social Networking Contextual Research Project

Collaborative Thinking

Burton Group is conducting a qualitative research project to assess organizational and technology trends driving interest in social networking within the enterprise. Social Networking within the Enterprise. A mix of face-to-face and telephone interviews will be the methods used for data collection. Our goal is to have an open-ended dialog with participants from business units and IT groups. The project is open to Burton Group clients and non-clients alike.

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Research on the Positive Side of the New Web

Portals and KM

In two phases of research, they surveyed 1200 US parents with children aged 3–12 in the household and qualitatively explored key topics with 112 tech-savvy community members and their kids. Here is a video of the qualitative portion of the research , including footage from Flip cameras given to participants (children ages 3-12 years old) tasked with recording in-home technology-related behavior. Actually the new Web, or Web 2.0, has been around for a while now.

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