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Qualitative Analysis for Planning & Policy

Beyond the Numbers

By John Gaber, AICP, Sharon Gaber, AICP

Learn to use field research, photography, focus groups, and content analysis and meta-analysis to develop compelling data for a variety of issues.

Published by APA Planners Press, 2007

Format: Hardcover, 166 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-932364-32-3

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Census data, population projections, trip estimates. Planners know numbers. But numbers don't always tell the whole story. Qualitative analysis — which yields data in words and images rather than numbers — is an important tool in any research project.

Planners can use field research, photography, focus groups, and content analysis and meta-analysis to develop compelling data for a variety of uses. This book explains how to use and adapt these techniques and how to integrate these methods with more traditional qualitative research.

Chapters offer step-by-step guidance to setting up various kinds of qualitative research projects, collecting data, organizing data, and analyzing data. Case studies show how a mix of qualitative and quantitative research can help planners build consensus and tackle large, complicated projects.

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