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 fromqmethodology.net.
Technical Aspects of QPress for supporting Q-Methodology
QPress is very similar to FlashQ in terms of the user interface for participants. It will also be a complete joy to use if you are the researcher. As the researcher you will through a WordPress interface be able to easily add, remove, and sequence Q-sort statements.
You will be able to add in a questionnaire for users to complete the as part of post-sort feedback and importantly the feedback on why participants put the statements on the particular points of the Q-sort grid that they did will be collected as they place them.
Researchers can export both the q-sort positions, reasons those positions were chosen and post-sort questions to SPSS, Excel, PQMethod, PCQ, HTMLQ, and RTF, without having to re-key any data. Download an example of the output file based on the Lipset dataset and additional questions and example answers from a post-sort questionnaire.
QPress Q-methodology functions
QPress has a number of features which will make it easy for Q-method researchers to:
- Custom pile sizes: Create a Q-sort activity with custom pile sizes, and custom column heights.
- Embedding functions: Add a Q-sort activity sequence to any WordPress page or post
- Customise pages: Add text pages, decision pages, and other questionnaires to the sequence
- Quantitative analysis export function: 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 numerical aspects of the Questionnaire component.
- Qualitative analysis export function: 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 the Questionnaire component.
- Responsive design: Adjusts to work on Web browsers, mobile devices, and other platforms
The user interface for participants also has the following features that can be toggled on and off by the researcher:
- Pre-sort option: Users can pre-sort the cards into three piles.
- Re-sort option: Users can allocate their cards to the grid and change their positions after.
- Reason for sort option: Users can say why they placed a card where they did and review it later.
QPress questionnaire functions
QPress will also host one of the most customisable questionnaire platforms on WordPress, allowing researchers to gather complex research data alongside their q-sorts in a way simple to participants. Fully editable question types include:
- Likert – with custom labels, meaning you could create a list of answers where only one can be chosen. An example is the countries in Lipset, where each Likert item could be a country name.
- Semantic differential – with custom end labels, including so you could have two fixed options, so a 2-point semantic differential called sex could have male at one end and female at the other.
- Enter the blank – where users have to type the correct answer, such as to show understanding.
- Yes/No – simplified version of a 2-point semantic differential
- Single-line and multi-line text – to get user answers in a textual format.
All statement times are customisable in a self-explanatory control panel in the WordPress Dashboard. This questionnaire component will be free to all users, unlikely many current WordPress survey plug-ins, as only the Q-methodology part will have a subscription.
Research on QPress
QPress is part of an ongoing research project for which you can find more about on the Crocels Research website.
Crocels 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.