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  • 1.
    Alexiadou, Nafsika
    Department of Education, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.
    Researching policy implementation: Interview data analysis in institutional contexts2001In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 51-61Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper I am concerned with the analysis of semi-structured interview data that emerge from an inquiry rooted in institutional environments. The examples of data used to illustrate the procedures of analysis come from research carried out in Further Education Colleges in England, The focus is on individual actors (managers and teachers), mediating change within organizations. This focus provides scope for the exploration of social manifestations of political action, A number of epistemological questions arise with respect to the data and the nature of knowledge that is accessible through their analysis. The paper is practically oriented in that it presents an example of data analysis as part of researching the implementation of policy at the level of institutions, and the enactment of such a policy by individuals. The consideration of different traditions underpinning research and specific methodological techniques for data analysis has resulted in identification of a set of theoretically informed procedures that provide a framework for de-constructing, interpreting, and synthesizing interview data into accounts of policy implementation in the field. These procedures are presented and exemplified, while the theoretical assumptions underlying them and their implications for further research are discussed.

  • 2.
    Andersson, Katarina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Kalman, Hildur
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
    Methodological challenges in the implementation and evaluation of social welfare policies2012In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 69-80Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As social reality is quite elusive, even regarding seemingly well-recognized everyday concepts and objects, there are always methodological challenges underlying assessments and evaluations of implementation policies. The present article addresses this area of concern by presenting the results of a rereading of an empirical study of elderly home care services. Our results reveal the emergence of a dissolution of common and professional key concepts and objects in these welfare services to a degree that challenges both the implementation policy and the evaluation of policy. We claim that this has methodological implications for evaluation of implementation policies in general.

  • 3.
    Vikström, Lotta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
    Identifying dissonant and complementary data on women through the triangulation of historical sources2010In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 211-221Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    If triangulation and its worth have long been contested amongst social scientists,historians have not discussed it. In this paper, a historical demographer practisesdata triangulation by combining qualitative and quantitative sources. The aim is toexplore how these sources identify nineteenth-century women’s occupations andthus challenge the gender bias found in population registers as they reportincomplete information on women’s work. This bias is acknowledged by feministhistorians and also evident in quantitative records in developing countries. Toexplain the outcome of dissonant data that this historical study shows and shareswith modern triangulation approaches, women’s ability to represent theiroccupational identities in the different sources is discussed. Some of theepistemological implications that arise from the triangulation of data that subsistsunder separate paradigms are also reflected upon. Although triangulation is farfrom infallible, it is argued that it helps to gain, view and question knowledge.

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