Improving the quality of development research: What could archiving qualitative data for reanalysis and revisiting research sites contribute?

Laura Camfield, Richard Palmer-Jones

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As the emphasis on evidence-based policymaking in international development increases, so too should the attention paid to the quality of the research on which this evidence is based. One way to encourage this is by archiving research data to enable reanalysis, but this requirement is often ignored or resisted by development researchers. Similarly, ambivalent feelings are expressed about revisits to former research sites to conduct further research by original and other researchers. In this article, we outline why and how researchers archive and reanalyze qualitative data and revisit research sites, and discuss the potential benefits and challenges of these practices for development research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-338
Number of pages16
JournalProgress in Development Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013

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