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Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research is primarily exploratory research. It is used to gain an

understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It helps to
develop ideas or hypotheses for potential quantitative research. Qualitative
data collection methods vary using unstructured or semi-structured
techniques. Some common methods include focus groups (group
discussions), individual interviews, and participation/observations. The
sample size is typically small, and respondents are selected to fulfill a given

Quantitative Research

Quantitative Research is used to quantify the problem by way of generating

numerical data or data that can be transformed into usable statistics. It is
used to quantify attitudes, opinions, behaviors, and other defined variables
– and generalize results from a larger sample population. Quantitative data
collection methods are much more structured than Qualitative data
collection methods. Quantitative data collection methods include various
forms of surveys – online surveys, paper surveys, mobile surveys and kiosk
surveys, face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, longitudinal studies,
website interceptors, online polls, and systematic observations.

Comparison Chart

Meaning Qualitative research is a Quantitative research is a

method of inquiry that research method that is
develops understanding used to generate numerical
on human and social data and hard facts, by
sciences, to find the way employing statistical, logical
people think and feel. and mathematical

Nature Holistic Particularistic

Approach Subjective Objective

Research type Exploratory Conclusive

Reasoning Inductive Deductive

Sampling Purposive Random

Data Verbal Measurable

Inquiry Process-oriented Result-oriented

Hypothesis Generated Tested

Elements of Words, pictures and Numerical data

analysis objects

Objective To explore and discover To examine cause and effect

ideas used in the ongoing relationship between
processes. variables.

Methods Non-structured Structured techniques such

techniques like In-depth as surveys, questionnaires
interviews, group and observations.
discussions etc.

Result Develops initial Recommends final course of

understanding action

1. Qualitative research is a method of inquiry that develops

understanding on human and social sciences, to find the way people
think and feel. A scientific and empirical research method that is used
to generate numerical data, by employing statistical, logical and
mathematical technique is called quantitative research.
2. Qualitative research is holistic in nature while quantitative
research is particularistic.
3. The qualitative research follows a subjective approach as the
researcher is intimately involved, whereas the approach of
quantitative research is objective, as the researcher is uninvolved and
attempts to precise the observations and analysis on the topic to
answer the inquiry.
4. Qualitative research is exploratory. As opposed to quantitative
research which is conclusive.
5. The reasoning used to synthesis data in qualitative research is
inductive whereas in the case of quantitative research the reasoning is
6. Qualitative research is based on purposive sampling, where a small
sample size is selected with a view to get a thorough understanding of
the target concept. On the other hand, quantitative research relies on
random sampling; wherein a large representative sample is chosen in
order to extrapolate the results to the whole population.
7. Verbal data are collected in qualitative research. Conversely, in
quantitative research measurable data is gathered.
8. Inquiry in qualitative research is a process-oriented, which is not in
the case of quantitative research.
9. Elements used in the analysis of qualitative research are words,
pictures, and objects while that of quantitative research is numerical
10. Qualitative Research is conducted with the aim of exploring and
discovering ideas used in the ongoing processes. As opposed to
quantitative research the purpose is to examine cause and effect
relationship between variables.
11. Lastly, the methods used in qualitative research are in-depth
interviews, focus groups, etc. In contrast, the methods of conducting
quantitative research are structured interviews and observations.
12.Qualitative Research develops the initial understanding whereas
quantitative research recommends a final course of action.