Qualitative methods are data collection and research methods where there is no deliberate attempt to collect numbers or entities that can be seen as quantities. Normally, the data collected will be discursive, being based upon what the research subjects actually report.
The multiple ways that researchers use to try to understand the meaning of events and activities as understood by the subjects themselves, often referred to as participatory or the living subjects research.
Ways of collecting information on the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of the target population. In general, information gathered using qualitative methods is not given a numerical value.