Guidelines for Establishing Reliability When Coding Narrative Data

Moin Syed, Sarah C. Nelson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

71 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches has been foundational to research on emerging adulthood, yet there remain many unresolved methodological issues pertaining to how to handle qualitative data. The purpose of this article is to review best practices for coding and establishing reliability when working with narrative data. In doing so, we highlight how establishing reliability must be seen as an evolving process, rather than simply a focus on the end product. The review is divided into three broad sections. In the first section, we discuss relatively more quantitatively focused methods of coding and establishing reliability, whereas in the second section we discuss relatively more qualitatively focused methods. In the final section, we provide recommendations for researchers interested in coding narrative and other types of open-ended data. This article is intended to serve as an essential resource for researchers working on a variety of topics related to emerging adulthood and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-387
Number of pages13
JournalEmerging Adulthood
Volume3
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

Fingerprint

coding
Guidelines
narrative
adulthood
Research Personnel
Practice Guidelines
best practice
Research
resources

Keywords

  • coding
  • interrater reliability
  • kappa
  • narrative

Cite this

Guidelines for Establishing Reliability When Coding Narrative Data. / Syed, Moin; Nelson, Sarah C.

In: Emerging Adulthood, Vol. 3, No. 6, 01.12.2015, p. 375-387.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Syed, Moin ; Nelson, Sarah C. / Guidelines for Establishing Reliability When Coding Narrative Data. In: Emerging Adulthood. 2015 ; Vol. 3, No. 6. pp. 375-387.
@article{de843c6ebfed48c3ab23501023f2f6bf,
title = "Guidelines for Establishing Reliability When Coding Narrative Data",
abstract = "The use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches has been foundational to research on emerging adulthood, yet there remain many unresolved methodological issues pertaining to how to handle qualitative data. The purpose of this article is to review best practices for coding and establishing reliability when working with narrative data. In doing so, we highlight how establishing reliability must be seen as an evolving process, rather than simply a focus on the end product. The review is divided into three broad sections. In the first section, we discuss relatively more quantitatively focused methods of coding and establishing reliability, whereas in the second section we discuss relatively more qualitatively focused methods. In the final section, we provide recommendations for researchers interested in coding narrative and other types of open-ended data. This article is intended to serve as an essential resource for researchers working on a variety of topics related to emerging adulthood and beyond.",
keywords = "coding, interrater reliability, kappa, narrative",
author = "Moin Syed and Nelson, {Sarah C.}",
year = "2015",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/2167696815587648",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "3",
pages = "375--387",
journal = "Emerging Adulthood",
issn = "2167-6968",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Guidelines for Establishing Reliability When Coding Narrative Data

AU - Syed, Moin

AU - Nelson, Sarah C.

PY - 2015/12/1

Y1 - 2015/12/1

N2 - The use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches has been foundational to research on emerging adulthood, yet there remain many unresolved methodological issues pertaining to how to handle qualitative data. The purpose of this article is to review best practices for coding and establishing reliability when working with narrative data. In doing so, we highlight how establishing reliability must be seen as an evolving process, rather than simply a focus on the end product. The review is divided into three broad sections. In the first section, we discuss relatively more quantitatively focused methods of coding and establishing reliability, whereas in the second section we discuss relatively more qualitatively focused methods. In the final section, we provide recommendations for researchers interested in coding narrative and other types of open-ended data. This article is intended to serve as an essential resource for researchers working on a variety of topics related to emerging adulthood and beyond.

AB - The use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches has been foundational to research on emerging adulthood, yet there remain many unresolved methodological issues pertaining to how to handle qualitative data. The purpose of this article is to review best practices for coding and establishing reliability when working with narrative data. In doing so, we highlight how establishing reliability must be seen as an evolving process, rather than simply a focus on the end product. The review is divided into three broad sections. In the first section, we discuss relatively more quantitatively focused methods of coding and establishing reliability, whereas in the second section we discuss relatively more qualitatively focused methods. In the final section, we provide recommendations for researchers interested in coding narrative and other types of open-ended data. This article is intended to serve as an essential resource for researchers working on a variety of topics related to emerging adulthood and beyond.

KW - coding

KW - interrater reliability

KW - kappa

KW - narrative

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84947417569&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84947417569&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/2167696815587648

DO - 10.1177/2167696815587648

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84947417569

VL - 3

SP - 375

EP - 387

JO - Emerging Adulthood

JF - Emerging Adulthood

SN - 2167-6968

IS - 6

ER -