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This one-day workshop is led by Professor Catherine Pope, and is aimed at researchers and postgraduates with some previous experience of undertaking qualitative research

The workshop is based around four papers, which participants need to read in advance. These papers will be used to identify key concepts and begin the process of ‘reciprocal translation’ – comparing and developing the analytical concepts. The workshop will outline the stages of meta-ethnographic process, and participants will use mapping and charting to display the emerging findings. The final part of the workshop will consider different approaches to presenting of the results of synthesis and will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the process and all its strengths and weaknesses.

You will need some previous experience of undertaking qualitative research, although no prior experience of qualitative synthesis or systematic reviewing is necessary.


  • Expert-led lectures explaining the origins and development of meta-ethnography, and key stages in this synthesis process
  • Hands-on exercises where participants are supported to develop and practice skills needed to identify concepts and move through translation to a line of argument
  • A walk-through a worked example of a published Meta ethnography and examples of other qualitative syntheses.
  • Discussion of challenges and critiques of this approach to evidence synthesis

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe the 7 steps of Noblit & Hare’s approach to meta-ethnography  
  • Identify key concepts from primary papers
  • Undertake reciprocal translation of concepts across papers
  • Describe a meta-ethnography on medicine-taking
  • Consider the strengths and weaknesses of meta-ethnography

We provide:

  • Links to pre course readings
  • A course handbook containing slides and charting templates
  • Online access to slides and materials
  • Experienced, approachable tutors who are research-active
  • Lunch and refreshments