4 - Writing
Stage 3 and 4 of the research process often meld together, as the thematic analysis leads into analysis of data, and then writing the paper. This, too, is a much more fluid process with MAXQDA, as I often find myself going back to the software, looking at my memos, and coded segments to pick the best examples to write about, while also drawing on descriptive statistics of codes and variables. I’ll often use descriptive statistics to help organize the analysis, but then do a deep-dive into MAXQDA to flesh it out.
In the end, my goal is to be able to tell a story using case examples to explain how a judicial policy has been implemented. In my field of study, the vast majority of scholars take an entirely quantitative approach. MAXQDA provides me with a means to explore judicial impact with mixed methods, and to tell stories with the data.