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ResearchTalk's Qualitative Data Analysis Camp

March 21-24, 2016
Carrboro, North Carolina

Special Offer:
The first 10 registrants who register and pay using the discount code "QDAC10" will receive a 20% discount. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

Enhance your qualitative data analysis strategies while making progress on your analysis and analysis planning. Learn from three ResearchTalk mentors with over 50 years combined experience in qualitative analysis.

Core Topics: Overview of the life of a qualitative analysis process using ResearchTalk's Sort and Sift approach.
• The importance of starting with quotations and key data segments
• The role of visual diagramming in rethinking how ideas combine to help you find and tell your story
• Using memos to write for discovery
• Creating and comparing episode profiles to privilege the whole story of each data document
• Using categorization and coding as a means of topic discovery and monitoring
• Fluid movement toward products (reports, presentations, articles, books, etc.)
Support Topics: Hints, tips and strategies
• Project problem-solving and decision-making
• Integrating qualitative software into your analysis approach
• Hints and tips for rapid turn-around results
• Strategies to treat qualitative portions of mixed methods projects
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PolitiFact Article Uses the Odum Archive

Jon Greenberg, a journalist for PolitiFact, recently contacted the Odum Archive to locate historical polling data on GOP elections. To see his article, go to “Matthew Dowd: Historic Polling Pattern Points to Trump”.

Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR)

The Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR) is a powerful computing network initiated by researchers at the Odum Institute in partnership with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI). When fully developed, VISR will bring social science investigators together in a virtual collaborative environment with enough computing power to tackle the challenges of big data management, thus putting the full potential of the big data revolution at the fingertips of social scientists around the world.

For more information on VISR, please see the white paper that outlines how VISR will give researchers a venue for collaboration, access to supercomputing power, and a full suite of tools to take advantage of big data for society’s benefits. For more information, go to

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