How to bring together multiple qualitative datasets: Expanding your analytic comfort zone (few places remaining)



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The University of Edinburgh


Dr Susie Weller is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton.
Dr Emma Davidson, Research Fellow at The University of Edinburgh
Professor Rosalind Edwards, Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences Director of Research and co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton
Professor Lynn Jamieson, Professor in Sociology, University of Southampton, Co-Director of The Centre for Research on Families & Relationships


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Laura Marshall
0131 651 3001
Working Week: Monday-Wednesday


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Room EW.10, Argyle House, The University of Edinburgh.
Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh
Course timings: 9.30am-4.00pm


The course aims to expand participants’ analytic comfort zone by exploring the potentials and pitfalls of bringing together several sets of archived data to ‘scale up’ qualitative analysis. The course is likely to benefit doctoral and early career researchers, and those with an emerging interest in secondary analytic practice. It will also appeal to those developing funding applications for the ESRC (e.g. Secondary Data Analysis Initiative).


This one-day course will provide the foundations for developing a project that brings together multiple sets of qualitative data from different sources. Participants will gain hands-on experience of accessing, searching, obtaining, and organising datasets from the UK Data Archive. They will learn how to survey the main features of the data landscape to acquire a precursory understanding of the nature, quality, and ’fit’ of the available material. They will work through different approaches to bringing assemblages of qualitative data together. They will consider issues such as the ethics of re-use, the significance of context, understandings of what constitutes a ‘case’, as well as reconciling differences between the datasets. Potential ways of carrying out analysis across the datasets will be outlined, as will the various ways such analysis can be used within a research project.


The fee per teaching day is:

• £30 per day for UK/EU registered students
• £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions.
• £220 per day for all other participants

All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.

Cancellation Policy: Please be reminded that you will be charged the full registration fee if you cancel your place within 4 weeks before the training delivery date or you fail to attend.

If you are able to fill the place on the course you are cancelling then the cancellation charge will not apply.

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Big data, Qualitative , Analysis , Archive , Datasets

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