Qualitative Research training courses – Running effective focus groups / Quantitative Training courses

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Qualitative Training courses – 24, 25, 26 and 27th November in Glasgow

24 November – Introduction to Qualitative Research
25 November – Focus Groups
26 November – Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis
27 November – Interpreting and Writing Up Your Qualitative Findings

Quantitative Training courses – 24, 25, 26 and 27 November in Edinburgh

24 November 2009 – Questionnaire Design
25 November 2009 – Key Aspects of Survey Implementation
26 November 2009 – Survey Sampling
27 November 2009 – Basic Statistical Analysis

25 November2009     Running effective focus groups  This highly interactive and informative day is designed for those who wish to learn how to conduct focus groups. Through a mixture of taught sessions and practical workshops, participants will gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of focus groups as a research method and learn for themselves some of the key skills involved. After that, it is practice, practice, practice. Some knowledge of qualitative research or attendance on the introductory design day is advisable.  As part of the course we will cover:  –          the nature of focus groups and focus group data-          using focus groups appropriately-          discussion guides and focusing exercises –          questioning and moderating skills-          the composition of focus groups-          practicalities of recruiting and running groupso        venueso        recordingo        transcription The day will be lead by Liz Spencer. Liz is an independent research consultant with more than thirty years’ experience of qualitative research. She has held research posts at London School of Economics, The London Graduate School of Business Studies, the Universities of Kent and Essex, and was a Research Director in the Qualitative Unit at the National Centre for Social Research, where, together with Jane Ritchie, she developed and pioneered ‘Framework’, a matrix base approach to qualitative data analysis. . She regularly runs training courses for a range of public sector organisations, and teaches short courses at the Universities of Hong Kong and Essex. She has recently been appointed an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. SRA Scotland training courses cost £180 per day for SRA members and £260 for non-members (standard membership of SRA costs £80 per annum – details of discounted rates and membership form can be found at www.the-sra.org.uk). If you book more than one course the cost per day decreases – please ask Lindsay for details.  For further information please call 0131 538 6247 or send an email to Lindsay.adams@blueyonder.co.uk