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12th Qualitative Research Summer School


Realist Evaluation Using Qualitative Methods

4th June, 2019

Sonia Dalkin

Dr Sonia Dalkin
Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences,
Northumbria  University, Newcastle

This one-day workshop will introduce the basic principles of realist approaches, with a focus on qualitative methods. The workshop will cover the underpinning philosophy of realist approaches, then focus on how these are translated into the method, using context, mechanism and outcome configurations.

Drawing on the RAMESES guidelines for realist evaluation, we will focus on how to produce a high quality project, involving exercises around development and refinement of programme theory, to give you hands on experience of using the method.

Previous realist evaluations will be drawn on and unpicked to further your practical knowledge.

Thematic Analysis

4th and 6th June, 2019

Dr Claire Moran

Dr Claire Moran
School of Psychology,
University of Queensland, Australia

This one-day workshop provides participants with a strong grounding in qualitative thematic analysis and guides participants through the process of successfully conducting thematic analysis. 

Workshop Outline
  1. What is qualitative research  - The fundamentals of qualitative research
  2. Button activity -  - this fun and very hands on activity introduces students to practical aspects of applying codes and themes to data
  3. Introducing thematic analysis  - looks at what thematic analysis  is and what it is not
  4. Thematic analysis  - a step by step guide – this section works through the various phases of thematic analysis and includes instructions and advice on what each phase entails, examples of data at each stage and the opportunity to work through each individual stage in a pair work activity using two samples of uncoded data
  5. Helpful advice
  6. Discussion – any questions or concerns you have about using thematic analysis 
Narrative and Arts-based Inquiry

5th  June, 2019

Dr Briege Casey

Dr Briege Casey
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Dublin City University, Ireland

This one-day workshop will focus on how narrative and arts-based processes work as methods of meaning making and research inquiry.

In the morning session we will explore and discuss the epistemology underpinning these approaches. We will examine the principles and practices of a range of narrative and arts-based research methodologies.

In the afternoon session, case examples of current/recent narrative and arts-based research will be presented.

Participants will be invited to share their experiences/seek support regarding their own research questions and projects.

Interview Methodology: From Semi-Structured Techniques to Creative Methods

4th and 5th June, 2019

Dr Helen Holmes

Dr Helen Holmes
Research Fellow in Sociology and member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives,
University of Manchester, UK.

In this two-day workshop we will explore the use of qualitative interview methods. We will also consider how to be creative in the use of these methods. Creativity applies both to the approach and to the practical implementation of interviews and observations. All qualitative, semi-structured interview methods should emphasise spontaneity, serendipity and interaction, and this is even more important in creative interview techniques.

In terms of practical implementation, interviews strive not only to engage in conversation but also to use the situation rather than treat each encounter in the same fashion, and might make use of other elicitation tools in order to bring about a more situated engagement with research participants, such as object interviews, visual methods, and oral history techniques.

We will consider some of the philosophical issues and practical challenges involved in such qualitative work. We will discuss concerns central to the use of qualitative interviewing techniques and consider how creative work with the interview process (from recruiting to writing) relates to these concerns.

The workshop will involve participation in some practical exercises and students will be asked to prepare for the workshop (details to be confirmed with participants) in order to get the most out of our discussions.

Participatory Action Research: A living theory approach

5th June, 2019

Professor Jack Whitehead

Professor Jack Whitehead
Distinguished Scholar in Residence,
Westminster College, Utah 

One-day workshop.

1) What is your research enquiry with its context? What values are motivating you? What would you like from the workshop?

2) Introduction to  Skolimowski’s qualities of the participatory mind (  and resources on the web at with responses and questions raised.

3) Accessing and responding to pages 88-95 of  John Connolly’s PhD Thesis of January 2018 at Dublin City University on Developing a comprehensive, integrated and contemporary recovery oriented dual diagnosis service, within the environment of primary and continuing care in Cork, Ireland, on Adopting a Participatory Action Research Framework. Retrieved 15 February 2019 from

4) Creating and sharing your Living Posters -

5) Accessing Living Theory doctoral theses from around the world at

6) The Network Educational Action Research Ireland (NEARI). The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN). Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA). Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA), from

7) Continuing conversations in Participatory Action Research Networks with Living Theories.

 Skolimowski, H. (1994) The Participatory Mind: A new theory of knowledge and of the universe. London; Penguin.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

6th and 7th June, 2019

Professor Paul Flowers

Professor Paul Flowers
Professor of Public Health Psychology,
University of Glasgow, U.K.

This two-day workshop will cover a basic introduction to IPA. The work focuses upon the acquisition of key skills need to deliver a high quality IPA study.

  • Day one focuses upon the background to IPA and addresses data collection and the development of good interview technique.
  • Day two focuses upon the process of data analysis and provides attendees the opportunity to work with data and develop their analytic skills
Understanding and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

6th and 7th June, 2019

Dr Rebecca Johnson

Dr Rebecca Johnson
Assistant Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Coventry University, U.K.

Two-day workshop.

Understanding and conducting mixed methods research is fast becoming an essential skill in the social and health sciences. There are unique challenges and advantages to using mixed methods research approaches, and this two-day mixed methods workshop will focus on the ‘how-to’ of mixed methods. We will work with participants’ own research questions to develop, refine and better understand integrating data using mixed methods research approaches.

In Day 1, we will cover the epistemology surrounding mixed methods, commonly used designs, approaches to sampling and data collection, and the transition from collection to analysis. We will also conduct a practical session ‘Articulation through Visualisation’ where participants have the opportunity to map the ‘What? How? Why?’ of their research plan.  


Session title

Content description

Introduction to Mixed Methods

Workshop structure, why mix, Epistemology

Six basic designs

Describing and understanding the major designs commonly used in mm research

Articulation through visualisation: Developing and refining your mixed methods research questions


Visualise your design, structure your research plan, refine your approach

Sampling and data collection in Mixed Methods research

Contrasting and comparing different sampling approaches to data collection

Moving towards analysis

Hands on activity to explore analytical integration

In Day 2, we will focus on approaches to analytical integration. This will include a worked example of analytical integration using the merging technique ‘Pillar Integration Process’, exploration of participants’ own integration plans, and the day will provide opportunities to reflect and refine the above. Mixed methods reviewing and reviewing tools and approaches will be explored. This workshop will conclude with a summary of the key workshop messages, and a discussion of the advantages and challenges of understanding and conducting mixed methods research. 


Session title

Content description

Three approaches to integrating data

Introduces three common approaches to analytical integration

Integration example: The Pillar Integration Process

A worked example using one analytical integration technique

Breakout session: Your integration

Explore and refine integration within your own research plan; activity playing with sample data

Understanding Mixed Methods reviewing

This session covers the basics of conducting and interpreting mixed methods reviews, of which there are an increasing amount. Practical Activity included.

Summary and Conclusion

Brief recap of the workshop key messages, discussion of advantages and challenges of doing mixed methods research


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