Transcription is an integral process in the qualitative analysis of language data and is widely employed in basic and applied research across several disciplines and in professional practice fields[1]. Due to financial restraints in both educational institutions and for individuals, transcribing audio and video materials that would otherwise be beneficial for the research process are given a backseat or offloaded to inexperienced interns or inferior outsourcing firms. But automatic transcription also has advantages that help obtain a fine result. In this article, we will discuss some benefits of transcription process in qualitative research.

Transcription process benefits in qualitative research

Transcription in qualitative research has made the overall process of interpreting data very simple for researchers. It has helped interviewers by enabling them to read, analyse and interpret information with ease, with text that is precise and concise as well as easily understandable.

Easy Interpretation of Data

Transcripts help in easy interpretation of data, as reading text related to the research/interview makes it easy to collate data and structure it better.

Shared copies for future analysis

Transcription of interviews and qualitative research ensures that copies of the document can be distributed to everyone in the team which would further help in future analysis of data. This also helps fellow researchers to have direct access to data which is extremely valuable and useful. Audio transcription has also helped enhance teamwork, as tasks are shared between co workers.

Inclusion of verbatim comments in the report

Instead of having to listen, pause and type, having the focus group or interview pre transcribed helps generate good quality and in-depth reports.

Enables a follow up and a detailed examination of the events

Taking notes during the event might result in the interviewer missing out on key pieces of information being mentioned. The word-for-word transcription allows one to listen and interpret what is being said more effectively.

Source of reference and Data interpretation

Provides a source of reference for the interviewer while conducting a follow up interview and allows them to be able to go through data and use it at points when he/she could reach a standstill while interpreting data.

This data can also be re-used during the course of other investigations and can be used to draw new conclusions during later studies as well. This has helped the extent of which data can be used and the amount of observations that can be made from the same piece of data.

Quick reporting/Browsing

The process of transcription of qualitative data has made browsing through data a much faster process. A researcher looking for data can simply use commands like “ CTRL-F” to find specific information in the transcript without having to waste time going through the whole text or trying to listen through long audio files to get certain information.

Transcribing is an arduous process, even for the most experienced transcribers, but it must be done to convert the spoken word to the written word to facilitate analysis. And over the last decade, advances in technology have brought about new possibilities in the field of transcription. Clients have the option of automated translation softwares like ‘Happy Scribe’. Happy Scribe will transcribe your audio or video file using voice recognition technology within a few minutes which you will be able to access your transcript through your dashboard.

Authors :

Akanksha Tiwari (akanksha.tiwari2@mail.dcu.ie)
Saikruti Kesipeddi (saikruti.kesipeddi2@mail.dcu.ie)
Sumer Jagda (sumer.jagda2@mail.dcu.ie)