Introduction to Analysing Qualitative Interviews
This course introduces the principles and practice of qualitative interview data analysis, with emphasis on thematic analysis. Our expert tutors will support you to develop and practice your analysis skills using a combination of practical workshops, group discussions, and formal lectures.
This two-day course, delivered face-to-face in Oxford, introduces the principles and practice of qualitative interview data analysis, with emphasis on thematic analysis.
Over two days our approachable and research-active experts will show that analysis is achievable though an accessible step-by-step process, and will provide all data for you to work with. This process starts with organising data on day one, and finishes on the second day with finding a story that could translate to a research paper or thesis chapter.
We aim to support those who are planning to undertake or manage qualitative research using in-depth or semi-structured interviews or those who have already collected qualitative interview data which they are unsure how to analyse. While it is aimed at the needs of health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students, the skills developed here apply to many settings - so everyone is welcome, regardless of their research or professional background.
The course will include:
- Expert-led lectures focusing on the principles of qualitative data analysis, with emphasis on thematic analysis
- Demonstrations, practical exercises, and small group work to develop participants’ skills in coding and categorising interview data and in interpreting and conceptualising data
- Practical exercises to follow the analysis process from raw data, to conceptualising a research paper, or thesis chapter.
- An overview of the role of qualitative data analysis software, using the example of NVivo 12
- Practical exercises considering how to conduct and recognise good ‘quality’ qualitative analysis
- An accessible overview of the role of theory in qualitative data analysis
- Feedback sessions to support learning and understanding
By the end of the course, participants will:
- Have an understanding of the principles of qualitative interview data analysis with emphasis on thematic analysis
- Understand and have practiced the key stages in the analytical process
- Have gained practical experience of coding, categorising, and conceptualising qualitative interview data using a thematic analysis approach
- Have awareness of the role of theory as an optional step in the analytic process
- Have an understanding of the role of software in supporting qualitative analysis
- All data for you to work with
- A course handbook containing slides and materials
- Online access to slides and materials
- Experienced, approachable tutors who are research-active
- Lunch and refreshments
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Course fee: TBC
Duration: 2 days
Total places: 24
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The course is run by the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. HERG has been running successful qualitative research methods courses for over ten years drawing on the wide range of expertise within the group which includes the disciplinary areas of medical sociology, anthropology and public policy.
The Research Group conducts qualitative research focusing on the personal experiences of health conditions. The research findings, together with supporting video, audio and text extracts from the qualitative interviews, are published at www.healthtalk.org. This unique Oxford database of over 2000 qualitative interviews provides interesting, informative and contemporary teaching materials to support the course content.