Timescapes Archive

Guide to Secondary Analysis


The value of Qualitative Secondary Analysis (QSA) is increasingly recognised in the UK and further afield.

Through browsing and serendipity, web based archives enable new and creative interpretations of pre-existing data. Re-use provides a unique opportunity to study the raw materials that past projects have generated, and to arrive at new insights from a different historical, geographical, theoretical or substantive perspective.

By bringing together Qualitative Longitudinal datasets on related themes, the Timescapes Archive facilitates analysis across one or more projects and datasets. In this way it is possible to enhance the evidence base and develop new forms of synthesis.

Strategies for the effective re-use of Qualitative Longitudinal datasets were developed under the ESRC Timescapes Initiative.

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