Have you ever felt daunted by a volume of data? Then help is at hand: this course is designed to help participants learn how to analyse their qualitative material. It provides a map of different approaches but then focuses on Thematic Analysis, a cross-sectional, substantive (rather than structural) method. Talks and practical workshops will take participants through the process of data management and descriptive analysis. Some experience of qualitative research, or attendance on other qualitative courses, is vital. The day is appropriate for those whose data are in the form of semi-structured or in-depth interviews, focus groups, field notes or other documents, but is not geared towards the analysis of open-ended responses to questionnaire items.
During the course we will cover:
● alternative approaches to analysis
● key stages in the analytical process
● the contribution of computer assisted analysis software
● to give participants an appreciation of where thematic analysis fits as an approach to analyzing qualitative data
● to outline a set of steps at the data management and descriptive categorization stages that make the analytic process easier to follow
● to provide an opportunity for practicing these steps using qualitative data provided
Liz Spencer is a Sociologist and a Fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts, who has specialised in qualitative methods since 1973. She has held research posts at a number of British universities, including the London School of Economics, The London Graduate School of Business Studies, The University of Kent and the University of Essex, and was a Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research. She teaches a range of short courses for the Social Research Association and for the Universities of Hong Kong, Fribourg, Aberdeen and Essex, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Higher Studies in Vienna.
Currently Liz is an independent research consultant and partner in Q2 training Complete. Her recent publications include Rethinking Friendship: Hidden Solidarities Today; chapters in Qualitative Research Practice (Ritchie et al, 2013), and a report for the Cabinet Office on judging the quality of qualitative research and evaluation. Together with Jane Ritchie, she pioneered ‘Framework’, a matrix-based approach to data management and display
This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme
Price for SRA members: £195. Use the discount code emailed to you.
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Registration on the day is from 9.00 - 9.30 am
Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 21 days or more from the course date. No refund if cancelled 20 days or fewer from the course date.
Registrations for this course will not be accepted after 9 May 2017 at noon.