Conducting research requires an openness and a sensitivity with regard to the empirical material one finds while collecting data. In the following case, I discuss how episodes of unexpected events or experiences of something “going wrong” have, in hindsight, actually benefitted my research process in studying young unemployed people in the Danish welfare state. A fixed research design or a deductive approach does not have the flexibility required to take these experiences into consideration. These “unexpected turns of events” can become important aspects in the process of gathering data and they can ultimately improve findings as they help empirical sensitivity. Illustrating with my experiences of things getting out of hand or even going wrong and how I learned from these, I discuss the expedience of remaining open, sensitive, and willing to change design, ideas, and convictions to secure empirical sensitivity in qualitative research.
|Translated title of the contribution||Fleksibilitet i forskningsdesign: Hvordan uventede begivenheden kan forbedre læring og forskning|
|Title of host publication||Sage Research Methods Cases|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- Unemployed young people