Outcome 4. Unemployment questionnaire results

 

The survey aims to investigate jobless people fitness for future employment, policies for training, measures to facilitate the access to the labour market.

The questionnaire has led to a population of 201 individuals.

N12 2754From a qualitative point of view, we do try to discover something. We may be seeking to uncover: the reasons why people may or may not have a job; the job attributes that may be important to people; possible people perceptions of situation current; the various problems that people may experience with their future or other kinds of insights. (For lack of a better term, I will use the word “perception” to refer to a reason, need, attribute, problem, or whatever the qualitative project is intended to uncover.) It would be up to a subsequent quantitative study to estimate, with statistical precision, how important or prevalent each perception actually is.

The key point is this: Our qualitative sample must be big enough to assure that we are likely to hear most or all of the perceptions that might be important. Within a target group, different people may have diverse perceptions. Therefore, the smaller the sample size, the narrower the range of perceptions we may hear. On the positive side, the larger the sample size, the less likely it is that we would fail to discover a perception that we would have wanted to know. In other words, our objective in designing qualitative research is to reduce the chances of discovery failure, as opposed to reducing (quantitative) estimation error.

 

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