Reporting Qualitative Data


One day, Foundation level. London. Price for SRA members: £195

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This one day course is designed to provide researchers with core skills in writing outputs based on analysis of qualitative data. It will focus on the techniques needed to display qualitative evidence effectively in both stand-alone qualitative and integrated mixed method reports. The course will be delivered through a mix of taught sessions and practical exercises.


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • • Plan and structure reports which include qualitative data;
  • • Use written conventions and styles that are appropriate to qualitative data;
  • • Contribute to a report which combines qualitative and quantitative data;
  • • Display qualitative evidence effectively in a written report; and
  • • Understand the factors that underpin quality in written reports of qualitative findings.


  • • The challenges of reporting qualitative data;
  • • How to plan and structure reports which include qualitative data;
  • • Forms, styles and conventions of qualitative reporting;
  • • Techniques for avoiding quantitative language in qualitative reporting;
  • • Displaying qualitative evidence in written reports;
  • • Integrating qualitative and quantitative data in written reports; and
  • • How to assess quality in qualitative reporting.

Who will benefit?

You will find this course useful if you:

  • • Are experienced in other aspects of qualitative research such as data collection or analysis, but are new to writing reports based on qualitative data analysis;
  • • Have some previous experience of reporting qualitative data but want to broaden or refresh your skills;
  • • Commission or manage qualitative research in central or local government, health or other applied policy sectors.

This course assumes an understanding of the basic principles of qualitative research, along with some prior experience of qualitative data analysis.

Course tutors

Caroline Turley is Head of NatCen's Crime and Justice and Social Attitudes teams. Her specialisms are researching sensitive issues and vulnerable groups (such as victims of crime, high risk offender populations and bereaved families) from design to the reporting stage. She also has experience of peer reviewing government-commissioned research publications and academic journal articles. Before joining NatCen, Caroline carried out qualitative research at the Police Complaints Authority and BMRB Social Research (now TNS-BMRB). She has a BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and an MSc in Criminology, both from the LSE.

Jane Kerr is a Senior Researcher in NatCen's Crime and Justice team, where she specialises in carrying out qualitative research with victims, offenders and criminal justice professionals. She also has expertise in research on gambling behaviour and money management. Before joining NatCen in 2003, Jane read Human Communication at Manchester University before completing a MA in Social Anthropology at Durham University.

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 25 November 2017 at 12.00am.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

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