Qualitative Data Analysis: Concepts and Approaches

ECPR Summer School 2019, Central European University, Hungary

Key points

  • This course provides researchers with a solid foundation in qualitative data analysis
  • The course combines theory, applied exercises and demos in NVivo 12
  • This course can be taken on its own or as part of the ECPR training tracks.

Are you planning to conduct interviews or focus groups for your data collection, or perhaps collect policy papers or social media data from blogs, Facebook or Twitter? If you do any of the above, you will soon or later have to confront and analyse your compiled data. But will you know how? This course provides researchers with a strategic understanding of, and applied skills in, planning, conducting and reporting qualitative data analysis. It addresses central issues often omitted in mainstream qualitative textbooks, such as: What criteria to use in choosing a method of qualitative analysis? How central is the research question in that choice? What to do after the data are coded? How to seek patterns and relationships when working inductively or deductively? The course, which uses NVivo 12 Pro for Windows or Mac, explored these topics and more and puts them into practice in hands-on sessions. Participants are encouraged to use NVivo or another qualitative software of their choice provided they are adept in its use.

This course assumes no previous knowledge of qualitative data analysis or NVivo. Only the basic features of NVivo will be taught on the course. It is recommended that participants who plan to use NVivo acquire basic familiarity via the free NVivo resources on the QSR International website.

29 July- 2 August 2019 (15 hours over five days).

This course is offered at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) as part of the ECPR Summer School 2019.

Register in the ECPR website.

See the ECPR website.

Combining courses
This course can be taken as part of the ECPR training tracks. For further information, see the ECPR website.

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As a freelance methodologist, I train social scientists and humanitarian practitioners in qualitative analysis, decolonising research and participatory methodologies. I coach research teams, teach doctoral-level courses and I consult for humanitarian aid agencies worldwide.

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