Thinking data

So, I’ve done a bunch of interviews and my generous Mother has transcribed them – what next? 

Somehow I have to make sense of the information so it becomes a valuable resource for others – and as usual in my world this seems to involve large sheets of paper, post-it notes and plenty of coloured pens.

Today’s technique is to select 8 random words or phrases (by random I mean issues, thoughts or theories that have been lurking in my head) and read through the interviews to see if I can make any connections. 

Like the ‘thinking sticks‘ concept I used a lot while homeschooling it provides a platform for making connections where they didn’t exist before. The result? New ideas and new ways of processing the data.