Exploring Pre-registration and Pre-analysis Plans for Qualitative Inference

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Abstract

In recent years, the discipline of political science has experienced demands and moves toward greater research transparency. While in quantitative research increased transparency through replication has become a fairly accepted convention, in qualitative political science, the debate over whether and how to practice transparency is on-going. The practical tools and guidelines put forward to increase reliability of qualitative work so far emphasize a later stage of research, i.e. the phase of data analysis and sharing transcripts. To complement these suggestions, in this paper we explore how pre-registration and pre-analysis plans – as more recently introduced in experimental social science – can foster production transparency and analytic transparency in qualitative research. We argue that a “qualitative version” of pre-registration and PAPs can potentially incorporate a variety of approaches to inference.We discuss the general benefits and costs of such tools, and how they could inform qualitative research.Then, we provide a pre-registration template for such purposes.

Link to resource: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florian_Kern4/publication/319141144_Exploring_Pre-registration_and_Pre-analysis_Plans_for_Qualitative_Inference/links/599455d60f7e9b98953af045/Exploring-Pre-registration-and-Pre-analysis-Plans-for-Qualitative-Inference.pdf

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Education level(s): Adult Education

Primary user(s): Student, Teacher

Subject area(s): Applied Science, Arts and Humanities, Business and Communication, Career and Technical Education, Education, English Language Arts, History, Law, Life Science, Physical Science, Social Science

Language(s): English