Quantitative Methods for Qualitative Researchers


06/06/2023 - 08/06/2023

Organised by:

Cardiff University


Dr Charlotte Brookfield and Prof Malcolm Williams


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Liam Moylan


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Room 1.17, sbarc|spark, Maindy Rd, Cathays, Cardiff.


This course is aimed at researchers and teachers who have previously mostly worked in the qualitative tradition of research but wish to understand or begin to research in the quantitative tradition.  It assumes no more than a lay knowledge of quantitative methods (such as surveys or polling) and will take participants on a journey from the methodological and epistemological foundations of quantitative methods, through design, sampling and principles of analysis. No prior statistical knowledge is required. The course will mostly follow a problem based learning approach.

The course covers:

  • The epistemological and methodological basis of quantitative methods and its challenges.
  • Basic research design and quantitative – qualitative integration
  • Introduction to sampling
  • Introduction to questionnaire design and basic scaling
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Introduction to basic analysis techniques and significance

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand the reasoning underlying quantitative methods and their role in a pluralist approach to research
  • Learn about basic design issues and how these inform methodological choices
  • Be introduced to basic sampling decisions and techniques
  • Learn how to go about designing a questionnaire and measure through simple scales
  • Be aware of the possibilities of using existing data to answer research questions
  • Learn about univariate, bivariate and multi variate techniques
  • Understand the concept of ‘central tendency’
  • Learn how to use  some simple descriptive statistics

The programme will be split across three sessions over 2.5 days:

  • Day 1: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Day 2: 09:00 - 17:00 
  • Day 3: 09:00 - 17:00 

Lunch will be provided. 



The fee per teaching day is: • £35 per day for students • £75 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector • £250 per day for all other participants Fees include event materials and morning and afternoon refreshments. For lunch arrangements please refer to the main course listing at www.ncrm.ac.uk/training. They do not include travel and accommodation costs. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date.

Website and registration:




Epistemology, Sampling , Survey and Questionnaire Design, Methodological Pluralism, Descriptive Statistics.

Related publications and presentations:

Survey and Questionnaire Design

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