What is Coding??
Coding is the process of organizing and sorting your data. Codes serve as a way to label, compile and organize your data. They also allow you to summarize and synthesize what is happening in your data. In linking data collection and interpreting the data, coding becomes the basis for developing the analysis. It is generally understood, then, that coding is analysis (Tips & Tools #18: Coding Qualitative Data)
Code Your Data
Coding can be done in any number of ways, but it usually involves assigning a word, phrase, number or symbol to each coding category. You will go through all your textual data (interview transcripts, direct notes, field observations, etc.) in a systematic way. The ideas, concepts and themes are coded to fit the categories.
What You Need to Do For Today
Create a Code Book and Start Coding (Remember that you have flexibility here. Feel free to change or alter your codes to make them work for you and your particular data set)
'''A systematic way to code data is to ask yourself the following questions as you read the text:'''
- What is this saying? What does it represent?
- What is this an example of?
- What do I see is going on here?
- What is happening?
- What kind of events are at issue here?
- What is trying to be conveyed?
What are the main themes you see emerging as the result of your analysis?