QPress is an application currently being developed for the WordPress platform. It’s purpose its to provide a simple and affordable way for researchers in the field of Q-methodology to collect data and import it into the appropriate data analysis software. It also operates as an affordable survey data collection system.
What is Q-Methodology?
Q-Methodology is a research approach, similar to factor analysis, which allows for the creation of cluster-like factors, so one can see how different groups are formed based on their subjective opinions. This subjectivity is determined by the users sorting a number of cards containing statements one would be usually asked to rate on a scale in factor analysis. Card sorting can be problematic, and there are few perfect solutions out there. QPress aims to change that. To learn more about Q-Methodology, please download this PDF from qmethodology.net.
Technical Aspects of QPress for supporting Q-Methodology
QPress will be very similar to FlashQ in terms of the user interface. However, it will be a complete joy to use if you are the researcher or participant using it. As the researcher will through a WordPress interface be able to easily add, remove, and sequence Q-sort statements. You will then be able to export these to SPSS, PQMethod or PCQ without having to re-key any data.
Technical Aspects for Survey component
QPress will also host one of the easiest to use questionnaire platforms on WordPress. Question types include Likert, semantic differential, enter the blank, yes/no, single-line and multi-line text. It will be easily customisable in a self-explanatory control panel in the WordPress Dashboard. This will be free to all users, unlikely many current WordPress survey plug-ins, as only the Q-methodology part will have a subscription.
QPress has a number of features which will make it easy for Q-method researchers to:
- Create a Q-sort activity with custom pile sizes, and custom column heights.
- Add a Q-sort activity sequence to any WordPress page or post
- Add text pages, decision pages, and other questionnaires to the sequence
- Output the numerical part of the Q-sort to SPSS, Excel, PCQ, PQMethod to avoid having to re-key data. The same file types are available for the traditional survey component.
- Output the text part of the Q-sort (i.e. asking participants why they answered how they did) as a RTF file. This format can also be used for text-based questions in traditional surveys.
The user interface for participants also has the following features:
- Users can pre-sort the cards into three piles.
- Users can allocate their cards to the grid and change their positions after.
- Users can say why they placed a card where they did and review it later.
- Adjusts to work on Web browsers, mobile devices, and other platforms.
The Crocels Press is currently looking for volunteers to test the QPress plugin as it is currently at Beta stage, which means it is nearly ready for public release. Please contact us using the details on the right hand of this page.
We are also looking to pay back the costs of developing QPress as soon as possible, so we are asking QPress’s potential users to help ‘crowd-fund’ the project. Users can pick from getting a licence that is £50 which is 50% off a single year licence, 50% off a lifetime licence for £235, or get 1 share in the net profits of QPress for £300. Having 1 share means that if QPress made a net profit of £10,000 and 50 people bought one share, then each person would get £200 (i.e. £10k divided by 50). So far 16 shares have been sold.