Hi, you are logged in as , if you are not , please click here
You are shopping as , if this is not your email, please click here

Working with large amounts of qualitative data: an introduction to the Breadth-and-Depth Method

Info

Course Information

NCRM logo

Join us for an exciting and flexible online course that will develop your knowledge and skills for working with qualitative data at scale: ‘big qual’.  Discover cutting-edge analytic methods with applications across archival research, social media research, secondary analytic practice and other research arenas in which large amounts of diverse qualitative data, including longitudinal, are brought together and analysed.

This course amounts to around 7 hours study over a 3-day period.  It is tailored so that you can dip-in-and-out of resources and activities, self-directing your study to fit in with your work and life commitments.  Live online sessions are also scheduled once a day with the course tutors for tailored support.

Gain guided experience of the unique four-step Breadth and Depth Method to enable you to combine extensive coverage with intensive illumination, moving between the span of big qual analysis and the detail of qualitative engagement. 

In this course you will:

  • gain hands-on experience of accessing, searching, obtaining and organising large amounts of qualitative data;
  • practice identifying and exploring datasets using contextual metadata;
  • learn how to undertake preliminary exploration across the breadth of big qual using basic text analysis software;
  • acquire an understanding of using analytic software to identify points of interest and select cases to follow up;
  • learn about and undertake in-depth analysis of selected cases to deal with context, complexity and detail; and
  • understand the iterative relationship between extensive and intensive explorations enabled by the Breadth-and-Depth Method.

The course is suitable for early career as well as more experienced researchers.  The course is accessible for researchers with quantitative, as well as those with qualitative skills, but you will need to be familiar with the purpose and process of qualitative research.

Course Code

NCRMLWWBQD

Course Leader

Prof Ros Edwards
Course Description

The exciting and flexible online course will develop your knowledge and skills for working with qualitative data at scale: ‘big qual’.  It provides the methodological foundations for identifying, merging and analysing multiple sets of data from different sources, and working with large amounts of secondary or primary qualitative data.  Big qual data enables researchers to scope out new research questions that allow comparison and claims to generalisability while still retaining the distinctive order of knowledge about social processes that is the hallmark of rigorous qualitative research, with its integrity of attention to nuanced context and detail. 

You will gain experience of the unique four-step Breadth and Depth Method to enable you to combine extensive coverage with intensive illumination, moving between the span of big qual analysis and the qualitative integrity of detailed context.  In your 7 hours or so of study across the three days, using a range of resources, including informative short videos and hands-on activities, the course will cover:

  • An introduction to the course, outlining its content and format
  • The potential gains of working with large amounts of qualitative data
  • An introduction to the Timescapes Archive, giving you a feel for accessing, searching, obtaining and organising large amounts of data
  • Working through the Breadth-and-Depth Method:
  • Step 1: Creating breadth - identifying and exploring datasets using contextual meta data
  • Step 2: Investigating breadth – preliminary explorations of the big qual data set using basic text analysis software
  • Step 3: Moving from breadth to depth – identification of themes and hotspots in the data using analytic software, to identify case studies for deeper analysis
  • Step 4: Exploring depth – undertaking in-depth analysis of cases, and then relating depth to back to breadth
  • Closing the course: discussion and reflections on the method and learning process

The course is tailored so that you can dip-in-and-out of resources and activities, self-directing your study to fit in with your work and life commitments.  Live online sessions are also scheduled once a day with the course tutors for tailored support.

  • The course is guided by expert tutors in a way that allows you to tailor your 7 hours or so of participation across a 3-day period to fit in with your work and life commitments, as you work your way through sets of resources and activities.
  • You will be introduced to the course by the tutors who will be available online for question and answer chat sessions in scheduled ‘office hours’ daily.
  • Informative ‘bite-size’ videos, annotated reading lists, and step-by-step activity explanations will provide you with knowledge foundations and hand-on experience, enabling you to work through the course in a flexible way.

The course will be delivered by the team who developed the Breadth-and-Depth Method approach to analysing big qual:

  • Emma Davidson, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Rosalind Edwards, University of Southampton
  • Professor Lynn Jamieson, University of Edinburgh
  • Susie Weller, University of Southampton
StartEndPlaces LeftCourse Fee 
13/09/202215/09/20220[Read More]

How would you rate your experience today?

How can we contact you?

What could we do better?

   Change Code