It’s Back to the Numbers Game

Having finished 2014Q2, I have to admit that I did enjoy the qualitative analysis course far more than I expected.

I’m a numbers guy.  I like reducing things to numbers, so I admit to being a quantitative fan.  For that reason, the softer, squishier ‘coding’ of qualitative research seemed a bit strange.

What was stranger than squishy coding was discovering the limitations of being an attorney and engineer trying to pull verbal data from my research subjects.  Initially, I really sucked at it.  More than once I was told by a research subject that my conversational questions seemed more like legal depositions.  Oy.

Most important that I now have a good beginning grasp about why qualitative research and analysis can coexist with quantitative research, and why its common for a researcher to like one approach over the other.  To each his or her own.

In a few days I start the quantitative analysis classes.  I’m looking forward to making primary data, and using secondary data.  Like I said above, I like numbers.

It’s off to the races.

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Research and Self Reflection

I’ve recently run into a major problem conducting research: I’m perceived as representing only one interest group (local governments) so some potential research subjects won’t talk with me.

I’ve always believed that while I primarily work with local governments, my viewpoints have always been ground in law and technology, rather than in paychecks.  I know that my clients would agree with this since I’m often the first person to tell a government when they’re going down a wrong path. All that said, public perception is everything, and something I have to live with.

I suspect my research goals will have to be altered to accommodate my basic need to be able to make data.

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Why this blog?

This blog is very personal: It’s intended as an instructor-recommended way of tracking my personal growth as I progress through Northeastern University’s Doctor of Law and Policy program.

Please understand that I’m not posting to this blog for anyone other than myself.  That means that if you’re snooping around you might not understand why I wrote something, or what I wrote about.

I start this blog with an admission: I am a highly-educated blob.  I have three degrees: An Associate of Science degree; a Juris Doctor degree; and a Masters of Law degree.  I am admitted to two bars: California and New Mexico.  I have served as an expert witness or trial advisor in north of 40 cases.  I have a 20-page 24-page 25 page 31 page CV that even convinces me that I must be smart. Now that I have completed my first quarter in this doctoral program, I wonder how much smarter I’ll have to become to keep up with the really smart cohort members and complete the program.   Luckily, I’m goal driven, so ‘Gentlemen and Gentleladies, start your engines.’

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