chapter  7
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Constructing Data

THE PROCESS OF ENGAGING WITH DATA Even as you begin the process of gaining entry into the fi eld for your interpretive description study, you are already making that subtle shift between anticipating data collection and beginning to construct it. In the research proposal, you will have articulated clearly delineated processes of data collection and analysis, with specifi c steps and procedures for each, and then provided some explanation for the interrelatedness of those two steps within an inductively driven empirical inquiry. While you may have convinced your reviewers (and yourself) that you can keep these steps separate in your mind, you may well fi nd that the actual practices of data collection and analysis feel much more interdependent and complicated than you anticipated.