corresponding accounts. The empirical data considered was also diverse in nature and source, giving triangulated validity as proposed by Neuman above. The fact that qualitative re searchers do not “become locked into the quantitative -positivist ideas of replication, equivalence, and subpopulation reliability” means that there is room for discovery to take place. “[Qualitative Researchers] accept that different researchers or researc hers who use alternative measures may find distinctive results” (Neuman, 2013, p. 218). This study aims to contribute to this set of distinctive results by adhering to the requirements for validity and reliability as proposed above and thereby contribute to the scientific knowledge on Hatfield Square and in so doing allow for a contribution to be made which may be of value to future planners and researchers alike.
Conversations on Conversion The Hatfield Square Case Study 56 2.10 Limitations in the Research 2.10.1 Time One of the primary constraints placed on the research by the chosen methodology is time. Due to the nature of the processes followed in a Grounded Theory study, the time between interviews can become drawn out as there is a need to (ideally) analyse gathered data first before additional data gathering can be appropriately and efficiently done. The outcomes of analysis from one interview guide the data gathering process and therefore interviews often take place days or weeks apart. Another influence on the time taken to conduct a study of this nature is the uncertainty regarding the number of interviews which need to be conducted, making planning and structuring of research phases challenging for the researcher. The data gathering and analysis for this study took place primarily over the course of eight months due to availability of respondents; time spent conducting analysis and further methodological research. This was exacerbated by scheduling and time management issues which arose during the course of the research but eventually managed to be completed and even adding the advantage of gathering unique data which evolved over the course of the interview period 17 . 2.10.2 Scope and Ambit The scope of this study was focussed on a specific (and rather unique) case which is very topical at the time this research is being conducted. The changes which are being researched are still taking place and thus the impact of these changes is present and changing during the course of this study. As much as this offers the researcher the opportunity to explore a hot topic in the field it also presents challenges in terms of the focus and extent the research should consider. There are a variety of viewpoints to consider with different angles from which to approach this case study. The developers, owners, involved institutions, users, and any other involved stakeholders have their own stories to tell, each with their own agenda and objectives. The chosen focus on the 17 Due to the drawn-out interview schedule combined with the continued changes taking place in the area
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