Design and methodology

Workshops

For more information, and to register, see the research workshops page.

Qualitative research: data analysis

This workshop will be very useful for researchers (including students) with some understanding of the nature of qualitative approaches. The content will be made accessible for absolute beginners and also those who have made a start on a qualitative study and wish further guidance on the process of successfully completing their project. The material will be aimed at researchers/students from all disciplines but will draw on examples from the field of health research.

Qualitative analysis: a comparison of four strategies

Qualitative analysis is a challenging task for those learning how to do qualitative research. Three specific challenges are:

  1. understanding assumptions and values related to epistemology, the nature of science and qualitative research;
  2. selecting an appropriate qualitative analysis strategy or tradition from diverse options available; and
  3. learning how to do the analysis in a credible and defensible manner.

Qualitative research: defining questions and choosing an approach

This workshop will be very useful for researchers (including students) with some understanding of the nature of qualitative approaches. The content will be made accessible for absolute beginners and also those who have made a start on a qualitative study and wish further guidance on the process of successfully completing their project. The material will be aimed at researchers/students from all disciplines but will draw on examples from the field of health research.

Criteria for selecting evidence-based research designs: the crucial role of qualitative methods

Qualitative methods are often ascribed second-class status in terms of evidence-based policies and social interventions. In response to claims about the alleged superiority of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), recent debates have emphasised the importance of using multiple designs and methods to produce trustworthy and credible evidence for informing policy and social interventions. This presentation will outline a set of criteria on which to base decisions about research design.

Qualitative data analysis in health and social science research

Qualitative analysis is often a challenging task. Three specific challenges are:

  1. understanding how qualitative research complements and contrasts with quantitative research approaches
  2. selecting an appropriate qualitative analysis strategy from the options available and
  3. learning how to do the analysis in a credible and defensible manner.

The second part of the workshop will cover four commonly used qualitative analysis strategies (phenomenology, grounded theory, inductive analysis, and discourse analysis). It will show examples of these analytic strategies using raw text data. The session will provide opportunities for questions and discussion.