Presenting Qualitative Findings

Key points

  • This seminar covers the key points to take into account when presenting qualitative findings either in theses, reports and published articles
  • You will learn the range of displays that best present exploratory, explanatory and predictive qualitative findings, as well as to craft yours to tell the story of your results evocatively and convincingly
  • The seminar can be taken as a standalone unit or combined with another seminar, or any of the method courses or an NVivo course.
Presenting Qualitative Findings examines best and worst practices in reporting qualitative results and communicating research findings. In qualitative inquiry, research results are typically presented with quotes that exemplify the respondents’ views or experiences regarding a given situation or topic. While quotes may well provide unique and intimate insights into a person’s experiences, they fail to paint a broader picture of a study’s results. Graphic displays do this job best — provided they are crafted properly. This seminar teaches you exactly that — how to craft graphic displays so that they convey the explanatory power of qualitative findings. We first look at different kinds of visual displays that are particularly suitable for exploratory, descriptive, explanatory and predictive qualitative designs. More specifically, we see that models best illustrate conceptual integration, matrices best reflect cross-tabulated information, tables are the best way to present typologies and diagrams are the best choice for depicting structure. We then turn our attention to graphic display conventions when reporting qualitative content analysis, thematic analysis, cross-case analysis and grounded theory. The second half of the seminar consists of a workshop in which participants put these ideas into practice and craft suitable graphic displays of their findings.

This is an introductory course on qualitative data analysis. Although no previous knowledge of qualitative data analysis is required, participants should have some familiarity with qualitative research.

Half-day from 9:00 to 13:00 or full-day from 9:00 to 17:00.

This course is taught by invitation only in universities, research centres or institutions.

Teaching methods
Lectures with guided exercises in which participants work on their own data or sample data.

Please email me for information on fees.

Combining seminars
This seminar is the first of a series of four seminars that also includes Foundations to Qualitative Data Analysis, Coding Qualitative Data and Seeking Patterns in Qualitative Data. The seminar can be taken alone or in conjunction with the other related seminars. It can also be taught before, after or simultaneously with the Introduction to NVivo or Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo courses.

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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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