Introduction / overview
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.
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.
This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme
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.