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Qualitative
Inquiry Camp

November 12-15, 2018
Carrboro, NC

Qualitative
Inquiry Camp

November 12-15, 2018
Carrboro, NC

Would you like to improve your project decision-making?

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

Are you feeling stuck as you analyze and write-up your qualitative data?

Join us at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Inquiry Camp, November 12-15, 2018.

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 “grand tour” course of principles, strategies and tips through the life of a qualitative inquiry project is to position you to develop an active and engaged posture toward your work. To accomplish this goal, we will emphasize strategies to employ a posture of openness, flexibility, and responsiveness in our design and execution of your projects.  This approach will help you to understand how the conversations and interactions occurring during project design, data collection, analysis and write-up fit with what is currently known about, and practiced in, your field.

To facilitate designing qualitative projects we will work with to ensure that you are hitting 4 key goals for strong qualitative work:

Asking the right questions

  • …to the right people (or person, or to yourself, or of content in documents, or information on the internet and social media)
  • …at the right time
  • …in the right way

To achieve this goal, we will introduce engagement strategies to provide you with a checklist that will help you shape an action plan to use as you design your project and conduct fieldwork.

We will introduce you to the Sort and Sift, Think and Shift qualitative data analysis approach, created by Ray Maietta and his consulting team at ResearchTalk Inc. The approach is an iterative process, where analysts dive into data to understand its content, dimensions and properties, and then step back to assess what they have learned in order to bridge findings with current conversations in their field and to assess implications for practice. This process of “diving in” and “stepping back” is repeated throughout the analytic process. Researchers move from establishing an understanding of what is in the data to exploring their relationship to the data. To conclude, they arrive at an evidence-based meeting point that is a hybrid story of data content and researcher knowledge.

As we move to final stages of a qualitative project, we present writing as our currency; it is how we share the wealth of what we have heard and witnessed in the field. When it is time to share this knowledge with the research community and public audiences, it can be daunting to find and trust our writing voice.

We will help you learn how to speak with, not for, your study participants.  Writing exercises will help us organically identify what we already know and what participants are teaching us. We will encourage you to slow down to listen to the data and to the researcher voices in your heads so we can practice how to capture strategically these emerging thoughts informally and refine them later within articles, reports, and chapters.

As we move through the camp we will witness how moving back and forth from fragments (memos on quotations) to holistic writing (comprehensive memos on the entire data collection episode), allows us to tie nuance and meaning together and develop better habits for getting it written down first—and continuing to adjust and evolve content as projects progress.

Featured Topic: Overview of Sort and Sift, Think and Shift Approach

Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: A Multidimensional Approach to Qualitative Data Analysis

created by Ray Maietta, Alison Hamilton, Paul Mihas, Kevin Swartout and Jeff Petruzzelli

The Sort and Sift, Think and Shift qualitative data analysis approach, created by Ray Maietta and his consulting team at ResearchTalk Inc, is an iterative process, where analysts dive into data to understand its content, dimensions and properties, and then step back to assess what they have learned in order to bridge findings with current conversations in their field and to assess implications for practice. This process of “diving in” and “stepping back” is repeated throughout the analytic process. Researchers move from establishing an understanding of what is in the data to exploring their relationship to the data. To conclude, they arrive at an evidence-based meeting point that is a hybrid story of data content and researcher knowledge.

The Sort and Sift approach is defined by two key analytic shifts qualitative analysts must make over the course of their data work.

  1. Shift 1 occurs when analysts move their analytic plans from being driven by what they knew and thought before they collected and engaged with data to allowing data content to define analytic decision-making and directions.
  2. Shift 2 occurs as analysts move from processing individual data documents to giving careful thought and attention to what they will present and how this material will be presented to audiences.

Each phase of the Sort and Sift method features a toolkit to facilitate analytic activities. The “Diving In” toolkit features tools to use as you read, review, recognize and record your observations during data review.

  1. Quotation identification and data inventory – finding powerful quotations in your data and creating an inventory of powerful data segments for each data collection episode
  2. Diagramming as an analysis tool – using visual diagrams to think aloud about connections in data and ‘bridging’ key ideas in your analysis
  3. Memoing – writing for discovery
  4. Episode profiles – using diagrams and memos to create visual and written sketches of data collection episodes
  5. Topic monitoring – creating and managing topics, themes and attributes

The “Stepping Back” toolkit features tools to use as you reflect, re-strategize and re-orient after your “diving in” phases of analysis.

  1. Mining – mining through memos, topics, document summaries and episode profiles.
  2. Bridging – discovering connections within and across data documents.
  3. Story Evolution Tool – interrogating data to understand better how key actors, places, time periods, actions, attitudes and emotions interact in the lives of our participants.
  4. Concept Combination Tool – using the Sort and Sift tools to discern shared meaning across developing ideas.
  5. Reflection Tools – using memoing and diagramming techniques to help discover, understand and document important connections within and across data documents.

The iterative back and forth between these phases allows you to bridge emergent findings and concepts to conversations and practices currently engaged by your colleagues.

Daily Schedule

Monday, November 12

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Camp sessions

Tuesday, November 13

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

Wednesday, November 14

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Camp sessions

Thursday, November 15

  • 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.

Data Use and Qualitative Software

Data Use

  • We strongly advise that you work with your own data.
    • You will benefit from applying points of learning and advice directly to their own data.
    • At minimum, we advise that you have 3 – 5 qualitative data collection pieces available for you to engage at the camp. We do not expect or require you to have all data collected.
  • If you do not currently have an available dataset, ResearchTalk can provide data for you to work with during the camp.

Qualitative Software

  • You are welcomed, but not required, to use qualitative software during the qualitative inquiry camp
  • If you use software at the camp, you will be expected to have a licensed or demo version of the software package of your choice loaded on your computer.
  • It is expected that you have basic competence with the qualitative software program of your choice. Basic competence includes skill in data import and management, code creation, application and retrieval, memo-writing skills, diagramming and question and answer functions (e.g. filtering, co-occurrence).

Registration and Pricing

Early Registration

  • Early Registration ends October 3, 2018
  • The early registration fee is $825.00

Standard Registration

  • Standard Registration ends October 29, 2018
  • The standard registration fee is $975.00

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 Inquiry Camp begins at 9:00 am on Monday, November 12, 2018
The Qualitative Inquiry Camp ends at 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 15, 2018

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
Phone Number: 919-969-6988

Accommodations at Event Venue

Rate for session participants: $124.00 per night (plus tax)
Reservation deadline: October 8, 2018
Online Reservations