chapter  4
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Framing a Study Design

As is evident from the discussion in previous chapters, interpretive description does not prescribe an exact way to go about a study, but rather represents itself as an operating logic within which high-quality qualitative studies in the applied and practice disciplines can be designed and enacted with meaningful results. In this way, it serves as a coherent organizing framework within which a range of various data collection and analytic strategies might be usefully deployed, assuming their use maintains a logical integrity throughout that is consistent with the explicit positioning and directional aim of the study. The excellent work of so many social and applied scientists to generate specifi c techniques, strategies, and mechanisms for such aspects as data collection, management, interpretation, and display becomes a wonderful resource for the researcher using interpretive description. What is required, however, is an appreciation for the implications of the techniques being considered-where they came from and what they are used for within their original context-so that informed decisions can be made and communicated to your intended audience.