Research in practice
There can be a significant pause between the collection, description and analysis of data, and its interpretation. One reason for this is that having been carried along with the processes of ‘doing fieldwork’, analysing interviews and observations, and producing summary notes, diagrams and tables of results, it is easy to lose sight of your intended outcomes. We might restate the processes involved in research as being concerned with the answers to the following questions:
• What’s happening here? • How do all the components fit together? • What does it all mean?