According to Maxwell (n,d),  qualitative data tends to be a lot more time consuming because so much information needs to be gathered from the individual person.  Quantitative data involves the gathering of numbers and statistics rather than information (Johnson, Dunlap, and Benoit, 2010).


One way a researcher could organize data is to prepare specific questions that only require yes and no answers.  Having a plan beforehand is very important because I think with qualitative data there can be so many different pathways to take.  Different kinds of situations come up.  You should decide what topic you want to cover and stick with that topic.  The study should have well organized simple understandable questions.


Before starting a research, it is important to have a good outline and know what your goals, methods, framework, and research questions (Maxwell, n.d.).




Johnson, B. D., Dunlap, E., & Benoit, E. (2010). Structured Qualitative Research: Organizing “Mountains of Words” for Data Analysis, both Qualitative and Quantitative. Substance Use & Misuse45 (5), 648–670. Retrieved from




Maxwell, Joseph (n.d) Applied Research Design. Chapter 7 Designing a Qualitative Study. Retrieved From


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