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.
Lydia Marshall is a mixed methods Research Director in the Children and Families team at NatCen, responsible for designing, managing and reporting on quantitative and qualitative research for a range of Government and third sector clients. Lydia’s research interests include education, childhood and youth, poverty and mental health. She splits her time between NatCen and the University of Oxford, where she is a Senior Education Researcher working on gender and education in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Lydia is passionate about communicating research in an accessible and impactful way, and enjoys teaching a wide range of participants on this course for the SRA.
Ceri Davies is the Director of the Centre for Deliberative Research, which focuses on citizen engagement with policy making in the context of democratic innovation. She leads and reports on a range of research, often policy facing for Government departments but also for grant funders including the ESRC. She is also an associate editor for the open access journal Research For All. Ceri has a background in public engagement and social action and is experienced in writing in different formats for different audiences. She is enthusiastic about high quality reporting that communicates findings that are accessible and useful to readers.
Nilufer Rahim is a Research Director in NatCen’s Communities, Work and Income team where her research focuses on labour market, employment relations and benefits policies. She is a qualitative methods expert and delivers training for NatCen learning on the moderation of focus groups. Over her 12 years in applied social policy research, Nilufer has developed report outputs for a range of audiences, and last year was responsible for editing NatCen’s British Social Attitudes report. Nilufer worked at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion before joining NatCen, having completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Warwick.
Course fee payable to SRA.
This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme
n.b. This course runs over two consecutive mornings:
Part 1 - 23 February - 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Part 2 - 24 February - 10.00 am to 1.00 pm