Checking your dementia research results
How much can you trust your findings when conducting research with people who have dementia? Consider how they measure up.
- Working with questions and data
- Quantitative Data
- Qualitative Data
- Identifying and developing questions
- Quality of Life: scales and measures
- Analysing your dementia research data
- You are here: Checking your dementia research results
- Describing change and impact, and action plans
- Reporting on your research findings
You should review your results and see if they make sense! Check for:
Triangulating quantitative and qualitative data
It can be useful to have used a mix of quantitative and qualitative data in order to help with your sense-checking. Qualitative data can help explain why people have responded to a question, as well as allow unanticipated explanations of a phenomenon to emerge. Comparing your quantitative and qualitative findings to get the overall picture is called triangulation.
If your two types of data are at odds with each other, pause to reflect. Why might this be? Do you need to return to your people and ask more questions?