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Analytical methods

Data analysis can be both quantitative and qualitative and follows established social research practice.

Quantitative analysis of feedback sheets

Closed quantitative questions on the event and meeting feedback sheets are rapidly collated in excel and sent out to the project team to inform future planning.  

Qualitative thematic analysis

The principal method of data analysis is qualitative thematic analysis (after Kitchin and Tate 2000; Flick, 2009; Bazeley, 2013) which is influenced and shaped by the systems innovation literature; in particular, Nederlof et al., 2011 and Wieczorek et al., 2012.  Two types of thematic analysis can occur; rapid and in-depth.
The dominant form of analysis is rapid thematic analysis by the reflexive monitor.  However, the longitudinal data sets are being captured and could be used in the future.  In particular, longitudinal data sets will be used to:
    1. Demonstrate impacts 
    2. Demonstrate changes in thinking
    3. Prepare a time line for the project which captures key decisions, and learning's
    4. Interview data is being collected yearly or as required (at crucial points) to establish more precise context and drivers for different events or behaviours.

Rapid thematic analysis for reflexive monitoring purposes

Rapid thematic analysis has been conducted by the Reflexive Monitor across multiple forms of evidence following (or sometime during) a meeting or event. The rapid thematic analysis follows the principal of all other thematic analysis in that key ideas and themes are identified and supported by the data (see Flick, 2009).  Themes of interest are informed by van Mierlo et al. (2010)
The principal function of this type of analysis is to assist the reflexive monitor to perform their functions.
The speed of the analysis and the number of people involved in the analysis and refection will depend entirely on the speed of the action learning cycle.  The speed is dictated by the issues in that simple issues of behaviour and practice may be challenged and modified quickly while more systemic and pervasive issues will require a longer timeframe.  In some cases where action is deemed urgent the analysis may be extremely rapid and occur within minutes.  Where this occurs the action is recorded and discussed with the project team at the earliest possible convenience. 

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