Training

We provide a range of open-registration events throughout the year focusing on the use of dedicated CAQDAS packages for qualitative and mixed-methods analysis, including awareness raising seminars, methodological seminars, software specific training and advanced support workshops. We also provide tailored training and support for individuals and teams.

Upcoming courses

Software planning seminars

These seminars provide an overview of the different CAQDAS packages available, with demonstrations of up to five selected packages. They are aimed at helping potential users to make an informed decision as to which software will be most appropriate for their specific needs. This is done in the context of participants' concerns about the planning of software use for research projects so that various 'tools' of qualitative software can be can be discussed from a variety of angles.

Software development seminars

These seminars provide software developers the chance to showcase new or forthcoming products or features to the research community. Software developers tend to be very responsive to the needs of researchers. Our aim is to bring users and potential users of software and the developers together at these events to enable discussion and dialogue about real world research issues.

Methodological seminars

These seminars discuss methodological aspects of using CAQDAS packages to facilitate the analysis of qualitative data. Sometimes we run methodological seminars drawing on our own work, other times we invite expert methodologists to present seminars on cutting-edge methodological advancements.

Software-specific CAQDAS training

Training in the use of a specific software is provided with regularly scheduled courses. The aim is to get participants safely started with the core tasks that will occupy you for some time in a real project, whilst also providing an understanding of how the software will be useful in the long term. Training combines demonstration, discussion and hands-on learning. Aimed at postgraduates, academics and professional researchers, these training courses offer a thorough overview of the tools, functions and uses of the particular qualitative software package.

  • One-day training workshops use sample data throughout, although there is an opportunity at breaks to discuss your own project with tutors and participants.
  • Two-day training workshops enable participants to use their own project data and they are supported with individual needs.
  • Three-day training workshops take a slower and more comprehensive pace, using The Five-Level QDA method - a CAQDAS pedagogy developed by Christina Silver and Nicholas Woolf 

Analytic support workshops

Our analytic support workshops are aimed at more advanced users of qualitative software. These workshops provide support for researchers in the context of their own projects. Participants will have previously attended a software specific training event or be self-taught to a reasonably advanced level. We ask registered participants to provide project information ahead of the workshop including details on particular software-related issues and aspects for which additional support is required and each workshop is tailored to the needs of those attending. Participant numbers are restricted in order to ensure that sufficient individual support can be provided.

Customised training and support

We can also provide customised training events for individuals, groups or project teams on site. To discuss your needs and to receive a quote, please email us.