Ellipses

✅ Ellipses (manual coding)

Summary: when coding manually (not using AI) you can add comments and additional material to your quotes by hand if you include them in square brackets. This extra text will be ignored by the app when it highlights your quotes in the statement panel. Be sure not to add or delete anything including white spaces from the original quote.
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Coding your statements in context: referring to evidence from elsewhere

When coding data from an interview it is very important to see the whole interview as your source, and not fall into the trap of only coding the statement in front you, out of context. If your statements are split into separate questions (as is often the case with QuIP), it can be misleading to code just one statement in isolation, without taking account of what the respondent says earlier or later in the interview. For this reason we recommend that analysts read the whole interview before starting to code, and start to formulate causal stories which fit across the whole interview.
When coding manually, it is not possible to make a highlight which stretches between two or more statements: you can only highlight some or all of the text within a single statement.
When you upload your text, you might want to consider how long your statements should be and where the statement breaks go.
What to do if you want to refer to information provided in another statement when coding a link? This is not necessary but can be useful when sharing the file with a commissioner who may look at quotes associated with links, and not understand the rationale for coding without further context. The same applies for different parts of a paragraphs within one statement; you may want to highlight two separate parts of a longer statement.
If the quote is not exactly verbatim in the statement, the app may refuse to display a highlight on the statement text, to ensure your quotes are accurate. However, this rule does not apply for anything between square brackets, a useful feature for this case.
You can use this technique to add your own comment or quote from a statement elsewhere in the interview:
[this is my note]Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt.
Ellipses are also helpful to refer to another statement as part of your evidence:
[reference to statement 36: The whole village received help from Org X]Thanks to that help we received, we are now growing our own produce.
Difference from Causal Map 2: in the previous version of Causal Map, it was possible to use ellipses to truncate text within a quote. This is not possible at the moment in Causal Map 3.