Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: Research into Practice

About the course

Qualitative Longitudinal methods are used to reveal how change is created, lived and experienced, particularly in policy and organisational contexts where individuals are required to change their behaviour, or where change processes in policy or practice environments need to be evaluated and better understood. This methods training day in Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) Methods has been designed to provide a unique opportunity to experience the highest quality training in Qualitative Longitudinal Methods and Secondary Analysis.

Practical issues of generating and managing data using QL methods will be covered, and examples will be given of the rich variety of ways in which time can be embedded in social enquiry and how it can be utilised as both a conceptual category and methodological strategy. The workshop will also give delegates a critical understanding of strategies of secondary analysis, as a key element of QL research.

Through a choice of linked practical sessions participants can engage in depth with practical aspects of research, including a bespoke IT workshop using the Timescapes Data Archive.  There will also be a Masterclass for those already working with QL methods and seeking training in highly specific and sophisticated aspects in their use.  In addition practical workshops linked with the presentations, on Sampling and Secondary Analysis, are also available.

Changes to Workshops

Due to unexpected levels of interest, the practical workshop timetable for the afternoon of the Qualitative Methods Training Event has been changed. Workshop A, Masterclass in QL Methods, remains at the same time and, if you have already booked for this workshop, you do not need to make any changes.

Workshop C, a Demonstration of the Timescapes Archive, has been removed from the workshop timetable, but may be open as a lunchtime demonstration to all those interested.  In its place, Workshop B, on Developing Casing Methods, has been moved into its timeslot. Therefore, the selection for the second workshop will be between Developing Casing Methods (Workshop B) with Nick Emmel, and Doing Secondary Analysis (Workshop D) with Sarah Irwin and Kathryn Hughes.