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Qualitative Design and Data Collection Camp

March 11-14, 2019
Carrboro, NC

Would you like to improve your project decision-making?

Do you want to be more engaged and present during qualitative data collection?

Do you want to learn how to embrace necessary evolution in your qualitative projects?

Join us at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Design and Data Collection Camp

Join us at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Design and Data Collection Camp, March 11-14, 2019.

Join us for 3.5 days of focused attention on improving your ability to design and execute qualitative projects. Our mentor team will help you work in a way that keeps you engaged and motivated through the life of your project.

Event Details

Camp Goals and Description

The main goal of this course is to position you to develop an active and engaged posture toward designing and executing qualitative data collection projects. To accomplish this goal, we will emphasize strategies to employ a posture of openness, flexibility, and responsiveness in your design and data collection practices.

Course content will direct interaction with four qualitative data collection strategies:

  • Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Observation
  • Online data collection

Ten engagement strategies, listed here, will provide you with a checklist and action plan as you design your project and conduct fieldwork:

  • Understanding: How well do you understand the topic of and audience for your project? Are you familiar with the properties, dimensions, and dynamics of your topic and how further work in your field will affect audiences for your work?
  • Aligning: How do your data collection strategies and the questions in your interview/focus group guide assist you in achieving project goals?
  • Preparing: Who are your participants? How does knowledge of the participants inform your data collection format and approach? How do you foster a sense of ownership for participants in the data collection experience?
  • Opening: What are ways to open the interaction and conversation appropriately and comfortably?
  • Asking: What do you ask participants when and why? What questions open conversation topics? When and how do you probe and ask for further detail and example? What do you note from the field? How do you develop your observation skills?
  • Following: How do you maintain a proper posture to discover, but not unduly influence, your participants’ experiences? How do you manage the conversation and observation in a way that allows you to follow your participants’ unfolding narratives while keeping them interested and involved in their own story telling?
  • Shifting/Adjusting: When and why do you make adjustments to data collection protocols and interview or focus group approaches? How can you shift your approach, language, and direction on the spot as you listen to and observe people’s unfolding narratives?
  • Closing: How can you naturally and affirmatively reach the conclusion of each data collection episode?
  • Processing: How do you track and understand the evolution of your interview/focus group guide and data collection protocols to process the meanings these changes have for your project?
  • Contextualizing: How do considerations of ethical, political, and social implications related to your study, your participants, and the communities in which your study is located guide and direct your practices and what you present?

Employing these strategies through the life of your project will ensure you ask the right questions to the right people at the right time and in the right way. This practice will also help you to understand how the conversations and interactions occurring during project design and data collection fit what is currently known about, and practiced in, your field.

Scholar Bios

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., a Research Anthropologist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, received her Ph.D. in medical and psychological anthropology from UCLA in 2002, and her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2009.

Dr. Hamilton is the Director of the VA-funded EMPOWER (Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), focused on improving women Veterans’ health and health care through implementation science. She is Associate Director for Implementation Science and Director of the Qualitative Methods Group at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she serves on the editorial boards of Implementation Science and Women’s Health Issues.

Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 19 years, providing direct support to clients as well as serving as faculty for several of the Qualitative Research Summer Intensives and mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis and Data Collection Camps. At recent Intensives, she has taught courses on qualitative methods in implementation research, rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, mixed methods research, and enhancing the usefulness of qualitative research. Dr. Hamilton is a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift (forthcoming).

Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D. is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting company based in Long Island, New York and Cary, North Carolina. A Ph.D. sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with postdoctoral training at Indiana University, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers.

More than 20 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs Dr. Maietta’s publications and a current methods book he is writing:

  • “Systematic Procedures of Inquiry and Computer Data Analysis Software for Qualitative Research,” co-authored with John Creswell, in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (Sage Publications, 2002)
  • “State of the Art: Integrating Software with Qualitative Analysis” in Applying Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Aging and Public Health Research, edited by Leslie Curry, Renee Shield, and Terrie Wetle (American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America, 2006).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (Social Science Research Council, 2008).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (Sage Publications, 2008).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (Sage Publications, April 2008)
  • “The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in Minority Research Engagement”, co-authored with Craig S. Fryer, Susan R. Passmore, et al., in Qualitative Health Research, March 13, 2015 (Sage Publications)
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift, (Guilford Press) in progress.

Ray’s work invites interactions with researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. He is an active participant at conferences around the country including invited presentations at American Evaluation Association, American Anthropological Association, and American Sociological Association.

Daily Schedule

Monday, March 11, 2019

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Camp sessions

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

  • *9:00 am – 4:30 pm: Camp sessions
    *The Tuesday schedule is extended to accommodate a group lunch that is included in the registration fee.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Camp sessions

Thursday, March 14, 2019

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Camp sessions

What to Expect Prior to the Camp

  • After registration you will receive a participant survey that asks for detail on your current work.
  • We will ask you to send sample project information for our review. Note that we assume confidentiality in this process. If you require, we will sign confidentiality agreements you provide.
  • We will send suggested exercises to work on before the camp.
  • ResearchTalk will send a detailed information sheet detailing where you need to be when.

Registration and Pricing

Early Registration

  • Early Registration ends January 30, 2019
  • Early Registration fee is $825.00
  • Your seat is not officially held until payment is received in full.

Standard Registration

  • Standard Registration ends February 22, 2019
  • Standard registration fee is $975.00
  • Your seat is not officially held until payment is received in full.

Registration Notes

  • All payments should be made to “ResearchTalk”
  • Seats for courses are not officially held until payment is received in full
  • If full payment is not received the day before courses begin, your registration will be cancelled and you will not be able to attend courses
  • Single day attendance is not accommodated.
  • 15% Discount for Students – use Discount Code “RT-Student15”
    Student discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers

Venue, Travel Info, and Accommodations

Arrival and Departure Times

The opening session for the Qualitative Design and Data Collection Camp begins at 9:00 am on Monday, March 11, 2019
Qualitative Design and Data Collection Camp ends at 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Closest Airport

Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU)
2400 John Brantley Blvd
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560
RDU Taxi and Rental Car info is available here.

Event Venue

Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill - Carrboro/Downtown
370 East Main Street, Unit 100
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
(919) 969-6988

Accommodations at Event Venue

Rate for session participants: $129.00 per night (plus tax).
Reservation deadline: February 11, 2019
Reservations Online