Methodological Seminars

Start your analysis off on the right foot

The methodological seminars address the foundations of qualitative data analysis, approaches to coding qualitative data, techniques to seek patterns and identify relationships and the best strategies for presenting qualitative findings. They are useful for PhD students and for established researchers new to qualitative research who need a solid grounding in the concepts, practices and procedures underlying qualitative data analysis.

Seminars are either half-day or full-day and can be taught before, after or simultaneously with an NVivo course.

This seminar provides participants with a basic understanding of qualitative data analysis. By the end of the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Define what qualitative data analysis is
  • Map the different methods of qualitative analysis
  • Describe the influence of epistemology on qualitative analysis
  • Break down the different components of the analysis cycle
  • Develop the analytical plan of your study
  • Outline the characteristics of four popular qualitative analysis methods

This seminar introduces participants to key concepts and approaches to coding qualitative data. By the end of the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the process and concepts of coding qualitative data
  • Choose the right coding unit to code your dataset
  • Apply the criteria for generating good codes
  • Determine the appropriate coding scheme for your research
  • Avoid common coding pitfalls and setbacks
  • Report the coding process judiciously and transparently

This seminar proposes strategies to seek patterns and identify relationships in data. By the end of the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Define what patterns are
  • Describe the role patterns play in qualitative data analysis
  • Distinguish between types of pattern and how they operate
  • Seek patterns in the data inductively, deductively, abductively and retroductively
  • Locate the range of qualitative outcomes in the ladder of abstraction
  • Provide an audit trail for findings generated through patterns

This seminar teaches the best and worst practices in reporting and communicating qualitative findings. By the end of the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between raw data, findings and conclusions
  • Present exploratory findings using taxonomies and scatterplots
  • Present descriptive findings using networks and matrices
  • Present explanatory findings using chains and flowcharts
  • Present predictive findings using models and causal networks
  • Understand the importance of display conventions when reporting qualitative results

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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 in method schools and I consult for humanitarian aid agencies worldwide.

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