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### Qualitative Research Preregistation ### **Scope and Background** Preregistration is the process of specifying project details, such as hypotheses, data collection procedures, and analytical decisions, prior to conducting a study. It is designed to make a clearer distinction between data-driven, exploratory work and a-priori, confirmatory work. Both modes of research are valuable, but are easy to unintentionally conflate. See the [Preregistration Revolution][1] for more background and recommendations. For qualitative research, where inferences are made based on the logical framework of decisions, preregistration can help to ensure that decisions that are made prior to observing the data can be kept- or that deviations from those decisions can be made more intentionally. See the working paper by [Kern and Gleditsch][2] for additional rationale and background. This project contains a template for creating your preregistration, designed specifically for qualitative research. This template is currently being revised by its authors, but in the meantime, the first version is available to use. In the future, this template will be integrated into the OSF. **Instructions for how to use this project** - **Step 1** [Fork][3] this project to make your own copy. - **Step 2** Complete the template by **one** of these three options: - Download the included word doc in project files and [upload][4] the completed form. - Make a copy of [this Google doc][5] and [attach][6] it to this project. - [Edit the wiki][7] titled "Preregistration Template" - **Step 3** [Register][8] this project using the "[OSF Standard Pre-data Collection][9]" form. - We recommend deleting these instructions from your wiki before registering your project. You can put some background material or the abstract in this space instead. - If you have any questions, please see our [support][10] resources. [1]: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/03/08/1708274114 [2]: https://sites.google.com/site/floriangkern/on-going-work [3]: https://help.osf.io/hc/en-us/articles/360019737914-Fork-a-Project [4]: https://help.osf.io/hc/en-us/articles/360019930613-Upload-files [5]: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DSRDbExol9BMkzMrAeM93KGuwwYeFPeYe0coRFRTY3k/edit?usp=sharing [6]: https://help.osf.io/hc/en-us/articles/360019737374-Connect-Google-Drive-to-a-Project [7]: https://help.osf.io/hc/en-us/articles/360019737474-Edit-the-Wiki [8]: https://help.osf.io/hc/en-us/articles/360019930893-Register-Your-Project [9]: https://help.osf.io/hc/en-us/articles/360019738794-Understand-Registration-Forms [10]: https://osf.io/support/