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AES Workshop: Introduction to qualitative research methods

During this introductory, highly participatory course, registrants will develop a ‘hands on’ deep understanding of the what, why, and how of qualitative research methods. Each participant will be supported to develop their knowledge of the main qualitative research methods and appreciate how the components of rigorous design, analysis, and knowledge translation can create effective qualitative research.

14th November, 2018
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Main qualitative methods addressed

Grounded theory; Ethnography; Phenomenology; generic; constructivist; realist; mixed method

Who should attend?

Those interested in commissioning or doing qualitative research; no detailed knowledge or experience of qualitative research is necessary. Suitable for staff from across government, universities, the private sector, and not for profit and consulting organisations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide an overview of the foundations, historical basis, and rationale of main qualitative methods and data collection techniques
  2. Address fundamentals of research design in relation to sampling, data collection, rigour and transferability
  3. Promote an understanding of the main principles of analysis and knowledge translation

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry
  • Domain 5 – Project management

About the organisation

The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) is an interdisciplinary institute based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but serves those interested in and working with qualitative research around the world. IIQM was founded in 1998, with the primary goal of facilitating the development of qualitative research methods across a wide variety of academic disciplines. Today, IIQM offers a wide variety of training and networking opportunities through annual conferences, courses, workshops, and programs. IIQM is the world’s leading and most active provider of qualitative and mixed method education, support, and conferences in academic research.

About the facilitators

Alexander M Clark is Full Professor and Associate Vice President (Research) at the University of Alberta, and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader / Young Scientist. Alex has led research studies with numerous federal government agencies in Europe, North America and the Middle East. His research on heart disease services has guided health policy, commissioning and clinical guidelines globally. This work has been published in some of the world’s most influential journals, including The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Journal of American College of Cardiology and Social Science & Medicine. He writes and teaches regularly on research skills, career development, and leadership- facilitating over 175 invited workshops internationally to date. He has held numerous honorary professorial positions across the world, including at the University of Sydney and George Institute for Global Health, Sydney.

Bailey Sousa is the Director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) based at the University of Alberta, and is an entrepreneur and workplace effectiveness advocate. Bailey has worked as a team leader, managing complex projects for over a decade in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and roles in corporate, social enterprise, and academic settings. Her current role enables her to connect with academics and knowledge workers internationally, giving her a global perspective on effectiveness and the challenges faced universally. Bailey’s interests and contributions relate to workplace and academic effectiveness, leadership, and teamwork in complex settings, and she facilitates workshops all over the world in this area. In 2015, Bailey was also recognized as one of Edmonton’s Avenue Magazine’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ for her contribution in her work and to her city.