Memos in Dedoose: Best Practices

Memos in Dedoose

Memos in qualitative research are often a source of data. In Dedoose, memos are a powerful tool that allow you to document and organize your thinking throughout a project. Memos are a great tool to track and organize notes related to code development, analysis, team notes, code questions, reflexive notes, and more. You can think of memos as post-it notes that can attach to different pieces of data in your study.


Memos that you create in Dedoose may also be a source of data in your project that you want to analyze. If this case, you can turn a memo into a piece of media to analyze via the Memos workspace. 

There are various ways to create memos depending on their function and purpose for your project. Several options are listed below: 


Create and link a memo to an excerpt (highly recommended) 

Creating memos while you are actively analyzing your data helps capture your early insights and thinking throughout your project. For example, if I analyze an answer to a survey question that relates or is in contradiction to my conceptual framework, I may want to memo on my thoughts to revisit later. 


Creating and linking memos to excerpts are also a powerful tool for bridging the gap between analysis and writing. Excerpts and memos can be exported together, allowing you to see your thoughts and insights side-by-side the piece of data. 


Create and link a memo to a code

There may be instances where you want to memo on a code's meaning that goes beyond the code definition. Creating and linking a memo to a code allows you to track the use and meaning of a code overtime. For example, if my research team decided to weight a code later on in the study, we could create and link a memo to that code detailing our change and rationale for doing so. 


Create and link memo to a piece of media 

Creating and linking a memo to a piece of media allows you to log notes and thoughts as they relate to that specific piece of media. For example, perhaps each research team member writes a reflective memo after analyzing a document. They could do so by linking the memo directly to the piece of media.