Analysis of Coding

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Coding and analysis is a craft. It involves a lot of time, energy, patience and above all perseverance. Qualitative researchers often use theory to inform coding and analysis. You can use NPT in various ways to help you make sense of your data. You have three main options open to you:

  • Code your data directly via the headings of the various NPT constructs and components.
  • Code your data as you would normally, say via some version of the constant comparison method, or some variant of thematic analysis. Then group your codes under the various NPT constructs and components.
  • Code your data as you would normally, say via some version of the constant comparison method, or some variant of thematic analysis. Then re-code the data via the NPT constructs and components. You can then compare your findings.

However you choose to code your data, do not always expect your data to automatically fit nicely within the domains in the theory. USHMS helps you and serves you better in terms of coding analysis.