Sampling Strategy and Sample Size for a Qualitative Research Plan

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Sampling Strategy and Sample Size for a Qualitative Research Plan
Sampling strategy and sample size is distinctly influenced by the research approach taken. This applies both to the overall research direction appropriate for a proposed study (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods) as well as to the technique applied to explore the phenomenon under investigation. Moreover, even though Ms. Lynn noted that quantitative and qualitative research methods exist on a continuum, where different methods reflect the amount of data and information available, literature and practice demonstrate significant differences in research strategy and sampling (Laureate Education, n.d.).
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To further elucidate, the study seeks to understand changes in political participation, explore the spaces of interaction and policy formation, and investigate possible consequences associated with the same. Since the nature of the research could be perceived as controversial and containing a political agenda, a phenomenological approach was considered advantageous due to the distanced, objective positioning and externalization of the research problem achieved through “bracketing the researcher’s own experiences” (Creswell, 2013; Chan et al., 2013, p. 1). Furthermore, because the research purpose and focus of the central question concern the meaning of democratic participation in today’s society, data will be collected through conducting several in-depth interviews.
As mentioned, sample sizes in qualitative research are much smaller than those for quantitative studies. They typically depend on the insights sought, the purpose of the study, and factors relating to credibility, validity, time, and resources (Patton, 2002). Although they may be as small as selecting a singular case, guidelines for phenomenology suggest the selection of 5 to 25 participants to explore and uncover the essence of a shared experience (Creswell, 2013). Taking into consideration time and resource constraints as well as the aim of the