If you get off on the wrong foot, it is hard to get a project back on track. This one-day intensive course aims to equip participants with a good understanding of the planning and preparation required when conducting a qualitative research project. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical sessions, it covers:
● the nature of qualitative research – what it can and cannot deliver
● main methods and techniques
● developing qualitative research questions
● choosing an appropriate research strategy
● drawing a qualitative sample
● designing topic guides for use in interview or focus group based studies
● judging the ‘quality’ of qualitative research.
Anyone considering taking a course in qualitative interviewing or focus group skills would be advised to take the design course as it provides an invaluable foundation.
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. If you are unsure of your code, or haven't received one, please contact us.
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 4 October 2017 at noon.