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Qualitative Analysis

CBPR-Community-Based Participatory Research: Practical Tools and Structures

Geni Eng, Melvin Jackson, Alexandra Lightfoot, Jennifer Schaal
Whether new to or experienced with engaging communities in research, investigators are challenged by the inevitable tensions between scientific requirements for rigor and control, and communitarian demands for participation and transparency. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is often complicated by multi-layered partnerships, based in power relations negotiated between diverse groups (each with specific histories, politics, and cultures), while being regulated by external forces of research governance. What is distinctive about CBPR is a set of principles to guide the openness, fluidity, and unpredictability of a collaborative approach to research. Through conducting CBPR since 1991, our team of academic and community-based investigators has developed and used practical tools and structures for CBPR partners to:

  • define a common vocabulary to discuss power and inequities
  • codify equitable decision-making power
  • anticipate and manage conflict
  • approve and co-author findings and publications
  • establish alternate institutional ethical review processes
In this course, you will receive copies of these tools and structures for your consideration. We will use a blend of brief lectures, interactive discussions, and a reading/writing exercise to stimulate all of us to think creatively about CBPR tools and structures and apply the results to our own work. For example, to analyze and guide our practice in applying CBPR principles, you will receive a real life case of a community-academic partnership engaged in using the qualitative research method of critical incident technique interview. Through this case, we will explore if African American and White women, diagnosed and treated with breast cancer at the same facility, received cancer care that was the same. We are enthusiastic about the potential for co-learning that will occur.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 28, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 29, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data

Johnny Saldaña
This two-day workshop focuses on a range of selected methods of coding qualitative data for analytic outcomes that includes patterns, categories, themes, processes, and causation. The course will also touch upon how these methods fit with or differ from coding strategies in grounded theory and phenomenology. Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data will address:

  • Various coding methods for qualitative data (interview transcripts, field notes, documents)
  • Analytic memo and vignette writing
  • Heuristics for thinking qualitatively and analytically
Manual (hard copy) coding will be emphasized with a discussion of available analytic software for future use. Workshop content is derived from Saldaña’s The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (2d ed., Sage Publications, 2013).

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014/.
Carolina Inn
July 28, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 29, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Collecting Qualitative Data

Greg Guest and Emily Namey
This course focuses on in-depth discussion of, and practice with, the three primary qualitative data collection methods -- participant observation, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. Participants have a chance to develop data collection guides and role-play while picking up tips for effective and rigorous data collection. Wherever possible, we illustrate concepts and techniques with concrete international and domestic examples. Additionally, this course covers the following topics: • Selecting appropriate data collection and sampling strategies for qualitative research • Identifying and addressing ethics considerations specific to qualitative research • Describing a range of visual and other enhanced data collection techniques Where time permits, we also incorporate logistical considerations, such as remote data collection and data management issues and options, to provide guidance on implementing qualitative data collection techniques. The course content will draw from Collecting Qualitative Data: A Field Manual for Applied Research, by Greg Guest, Emily Namey, and Marilyn Mitchell (Sage, 2013).
Carolina Inn
July 28, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 29, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Integrating and Communicating Qualitative-focused Mixed Methods Study Findings

Alison Hamilton
This session will explore integrating and communicating findings from qualitative-focused mixed methods studies. With specific attention to the rewards and challenges of different research designs, we will discuss the possible points of interface and products of mixed methods research that tell an integrated story. In the parallel convergent design, numerous possibilities for conveying mixed results arise, such as joint-display tables and side-by-side comparisons that allow the quantitative and qualitative perspectives to “talk back” to each other. In the exploratory sequential design, our goal is to make meta-inferences to relate whether and how the quantitative phase provides a more generalized understanding than the qualitative phase alone. We will also discuss examples, such as combining focus groups and surveys, to gain not only a more comprehensive understanding of the two sources of data but to consider ways -- both visually and in writing -- to convey this understanding to an audience and extend the analytical reach of your mixed methods story. Some familiarity with mixed methods research is required. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas for mixed methods studies that they can explore during the workshop.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014/.
Carolina Inn
July 28, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 29, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Introduction to Grounded Theory: A Social Constructionist Approach

Kathy Charmaz
This class introduces grounded theory methods from a social constructionist approach to new and experienced qualitative researchers. You will gain practical guidelines for handling data analysis, a deeper understanding of the logic of grounded theory, and strategies for increasing the theoretical power and reach of your work. I treat grounded theory as a set of flexible guidelines to adopt, alter, and fit particular research problems, not to apply mechanically. With these guidelines, you expedite and systematize your research. Moreover, using grounded theory sparks fresh ideas about your data. The sessions cover an overview of basic guidelines and hands-on exercises. I offer ideas about data gathering and recording to help you obtain nuanced, rich data. We discuss relationships between qualitative coding, developing analytic categories and generating theory and attend to specific grounded theory strategies of coding, memo-writing, theoretical sampling, and using comparative methods. You will receive guided practice in using each analytic step of the grounded theory method. If you have collected some qualitative data, do bring a completed interview, set of fieldnotes, or document to analyze. If you do not have data yet, we will supply qualitative data for you. If you prefer to use a laptop for writing, bring one, but you can complete the exercises without a computer.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 28, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 29, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Negotiating Diversity in Qualitative Research

Robin Jarrett
Personal characteristics are critical considerations in qualitative research where the “researcher is the tool, and the interaction is the method.” Often the researcher and informants differ on key characteristics, such as race-ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age (generation), culture, social class-educational level, cultural differences/language, and religion. Focusing on the “human tool,” this workshop will explore a range of issues inherent in this intimate method, including positionality and reflexivity. Key topics will include: • How do personal characteristics affect the development of research relationships and rapport building with informants in interview and field contexts? • What are the critical issues in discussing insider-outsider debates? • What are the promise and dilemmas of insider and outsider statuses? • What are the implications of “going native”? • How do personal characteristics influence the type and quality of data that researchers have access to? • What are the commonalities that qualitative researchers experience irrespective of insider/outsider status? We also consider the importance of reflexivity as the researcher reflects on and monitors his/her human tool: How are data analysis and interpretation influenced by the researcher’s status? • What research frameworks help researchers more directly reflect on participants’ worldviews, experiences, voices (participatory action research) • How do we know if researcher representations of participants’ voices are credible? To explore these topics, we will draw upon case study examples from qualitative researchers whose research entailed a focus on personal characteristics. We will critically examine how researchers’ status(es) present particular personal, methodological, and interpretative challenges and how they address them. As part of this discussion we will also draw on the experiences of workshop participants and examine how they managed issues brought forth by the use of the human tool. To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014.
Carolina Inn
July 28, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 29, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Arts-based Qualitative Inquiry

Patricia Leavy
Qualitative scholars in multiple disciplines are fruitfully using arts-based research to reveal information and represent experiences that traditional methods cannot capture. Arts-based research is used when researchers across disciplines adapt the tenets of the creative arts in order to address their research questions and/or represent their research findings.

The workshop covers the kinds of research questions these innovative approaches can address and offers practical guidance for applying them in all phases of a research project. These phases range from design and data collection to analysis, interpretation, representation, and struggles over standards including discussion of validity, assessment, trustworthiness, authenticity, and the renegotiation of scientific criteria.

This discussion applies across the different genres of arts-based research:

  • Narrative inquiry
  • Experimental and fictional writing
  • Poetry
  • Performance studies
  • Dance and movement
  • Music
  • Visual art
  • Film
Through lecture and in-class activities, we will evaluate the advantages and challenges of using arts-based research. Course participants will gain practical experience integrating artistic process into qualitative research within one genre of arts-based research. (Students may choose to focus on poetry, fiction, ethnodrama, or visual representation.)

Participants are encouraged to bring data (interviews, ethnographic observations, documents, journals, photographs, autoethnographic essays) for in-class activities. Participants without their own data will be provided with materials.

This course is appropriate for researchers at all levels who are interested in bridging the art-science divide--whether you are already using arts-based research or if it is new to you.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014/.
Carolina Inn
July 30, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Co-Analysis: Empowering Team-Based Qualitative Inquiry

Ray Maietta, Craig Fryer, Keri Lubell, Susan Passmore and Jeff Petruzzelli
This course introduces the co-analysis method for team-based qualitative inquiry. Co-analysis facilitates shared decision making between two or more individuals or groups working as a team analyzing one qualitative dataset. Co-analysis works best when a primary investigator(s) is deeply steeped in the knowledge and traditions of a topic of study and a secondary investigator’s (or investigators’) primary expertise lies in research methods and not necessarily substantive understanding. The primary investigator ensures that the established understandings in the field of study and/or the deductive points of inquiry outlined in the project prospectus are addressed in analysis. The secondary investigator’s primary focus is on emergent discovery.

Regular engagement with data plus frequent interactions between team members ensures the success of this approach. In the data collection phases, team members co-lead interviews and field work efforts and debrief about the data collection process and early substantive discoveries. During data analysis, six core modules that comprise ResearchTalk’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift Multidimensional Qualitative Analysis approach define team exchanges:
•Data inventory
•Written reflection
•Reflective diagrams
•Categorization
•Data bridging exercises and Q & A
•Data presentation

The activities that occur within each module direct team members’ interaction throughout the life of a co-analysis project and enable them to work together to move beyond simple discussions of similarity and difference to focus on deeper issues, including:
•How and why do ideas and themes align to shape larger stories?
•What is the meaning and implication of apparent conflict between ideas?
•Does the ‘conflict’ represent something more important about foundation conditions that shape everyday behavior of the people we study?

Co-analysis enables teams to:
•Carve out space and time to work solely on data divorced from the distractions of their everyday responsibilities.
•Empower qualitative conversations that lead to emergent discovery fueled by the energies and exchanges of the co-analysis sessions.
•Facilitate the communication of ideas at a higher level that is understandable to people outside of the field. Regular engagement via co-analysis meetings becomes practice and rehearsal for presentation.
•Reach analytic consensus as a meeting point of inductive and deductive ideas.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014

Carolina Inn
7/30/14 9am-5pm

Increasing the Usefulness of Qualitative Research Projects

Alison Hamilton
In this era of constrained funding, it has become increasingly important to make qualitative research useful in a timely and efficient manner. In many contexts (e.g., health, public health, education, policy), qualitative studies now need to be designed to produce information and impact in relatively short timeframes. This course will provide participants with strategies for designing and executing qualitative studies in order to be able to share and apply results in real time and potentially in combination with quantitative results.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014.
Carolina Inn
July 30, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pathways to Qualitative Findings

Robin jarrett
This workshop considers how to move forward with qualitative data and analysis. We explore the deeply interrelated processes of interpreting, writing up, and evaluating qualitative data. We then discuss an array of analysis techniques, including coding techniques, that can be used to discover meanings, highlight participants’ voices, and identify social processes and social interactions.

We will review pathways to findings as we consider context, people, processes, and meanings. Strategies to facilitate interpretation include members’ stories and explanations, members’ words, typologies, and metaphors. We will also present different types of data displays to demonstrate how visual techniques can be used to identify patterns and relationships in the data. In addition, memo writing, or documented ways of thinking out loud, can be used to move your preliminary analyses to deeper levels of understanding.

The workshop will further consider how to write up qualitative findings, highlighting their descriptive nature and multiple voicing. Particular attention will be given to qualitative writing in response to different venues and audiences (academic, applied, government, not-for-profit). Next, we will consider the credibility of qualitative findings. How do you know if you “got it right”? Here, we will discuss key strategies including peer debriefings, member checks, triangulation, reflexivity, and audit trails. To facilitate our examination of these topics, we will include case study examples from researchers to show how they grapple with making sense of their data and findings and check their credibility. Finally, we will discuss how to present research findings to different audiences in thoughtful and actionable ways.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 30, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Qualitative Health Research

Maria Mayan
This workshop will address why we differentiate qualitative health research from other forms of qualitative research. Our focus will center on:

  • What is qualitative health research?
  • What is the focus of qualitative health research?
  • What kind of questions can be asked though qualitative health research?
  • Who does qualitative health research?
  • What are the key elements of qualitative health research?
  • Why should we care about the domain of qualitative health research?
These questions will be discussed in the context of health research, including generating “evidence,” mobilizing or translating evidence, mixed methodology, and patient-centered or participant-centered care. This workshop will be of interest to those who are tasked with research in public/population health, health care delivery, patient/client care, and the sociocultural dimensions of health.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 30, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Writing Effective Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research Proposals

Margarete Sandelowski
The focus of this course is on concrete, this-is-how-you-might/should-say-it strategies for designing and writing effective and competitive qualitative and mixed-methods research proposals. Qualitative and mixed-methods research proposals are exercises in artful and mindful design, verbal precision, imaginative and informed rehearsal, elegant expression, and strategic disarmament. We will cover principles generic to proposals, and specific ways to communicate the significance, conceptual framing, methodological details (sampling and data collection and analysis plans, plans for optimizing validity and human subjects protections) of, and budget and budget justification for, the planned study. We will also cover strategies for addressing those aspects of qualitative and mixed-methods research designs likely to arouse the most concern among reviewers less familiar with them, most notably the purposeful sampling frame and generalizability of study findings. This course is appropriate for graduate students and faculty in the practice disciplines (e.g., clinical psychology, education, medicine, nursing, public health, social work) as well as researchers from other fields of study (e.g., sociology, anthropology). In addition to didactic instruction, handouts, and a suggested reference list, the course will also include an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity, as time permits, to ask questions about their own proposals for problem solving.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 30, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Autoethnographic Research

Tony Adams
Authoethnography, a form of self-reflection that explores the researcher's personal experience, flourishes in qualitative inquiry. This workshop examines the use and importance of autoethnography, and, more specifically, examines the processes for collecting and analyzing data, doing fieldwork, and writing reports through an autoethnographic perspective. We will examine the history of autoethnographic inquiry, establish connections between autoethnography and other research methods, and outline the purposes and principles of doing and writing autoethnography. We will also investigate ethical issues and discuss how concepts such as generalizability, reliability, and validity might apply to autoethnographic research and determine criteria for assessing autoethnographic texts. The workshop will include examples of autoethnography and will allow time for participants to ask questions about using this approach in their own work. New and experienced researchers of qualitative inquiry will both benefit from this course. It introduces the general purposes, practices, and principles of autoethnographic research. It also foregrounds the current state of autoethnography in qualitative inquiry, establishes criteria for evaluating autoethnographic texts, examines contemporary ethical dilemmas of doing autoethnographic research, and outlines future trends for doing autoethnography. To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014.
Carolina Inn
July 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 01, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Crafting Phenomenological Research

Mark Vagle
This workshop engages in the following activities:

  • Exploring philosophical concepts and notions in phenomenology. We will consider what constitutes a phenomenon in phenomenology; what intentionality means to phenomenologists and why it is so important in phenomenological research; and how prepositions can help us grasp some of the philosophical nuances of phenomenology and put them to use methodologically.
  • Learning about phenomenological research approaches. We will survey some of the possible approaches to conducting phenomenological research; will learn about how to design research using these approaches; and will practice some of the key methodological strategies and tools one can use when crafting phenomenological research, such as going on phenomenology walks, writing about lived experiences, viewing films, analyzing music, and interviewing one another.
  • Engaging in a post-intentional approach to phenomenological research. We will explore how some aspects of post-structural philosophy can be put in dialogue with phenomenological philosophies and how post-intentional phenomenological research can be crafted methodologically through Vagle’s five-component methodological process: (1) Identify a phenomenon in its multiple, partial, and varied contexts; (2) Devise a clear, yet flexible process for gathering data appropriate for the phenomenon under investigation; (3) Make a post-reflexion plan; (4) Read and write your way through your data in a systematic, responsive manner; and (5) Craft a text that captures tentative manifestations of the phenomenon in its multiple, partial, and varied contexts.
A wide variety of methodological and philosophical texts and examples of phenomenological studies will be on hand for participants to read and discuss during the course. The course is based on Vagle’s book by the same name, Crafting Phenomenological Research (Left Coast Press, 2014).

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 01, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry

Maria Mayan
Qualitative research advances what we can know about our world and how we can know it. Methodological cohesion ensures congruence between how we ask questions, the methods we choose, our theoretical position, and how we make sense of our data. In this workshop, we will talk through possible methods for conducting qualitative inquiry, various forms of analysis, representation, rigor, and strategies of verification. Working concurrently through an iterative process of data collection-analysis-collection-analysis allows you to follow up on “gems” that show up along the way. Understanding this iterative process is essential to doing research that goes beyond reproducing the ordinary. Topics for this workshop are also addressed in Mayan’s book, Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry (Left Coast Press, 2009). To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014.
Carolina Inn
July 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 01, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Finding the Stories in Qualitative Data

Johnny Saldaña
This two-day workshop focuses on finding the analytic “story,” in its broadest sense, for qualitative inquiry. Content derives from the various narrative forms we employ during the collecting, analyzing, and writing stages of research. Literature provides researchers with models for qualitative analysis and write-ups. Literary conventions and social inquiry are analogous in several ways; thus, the workshop will investigate:

  • participants as characters
  • case studies as monologues
  • vignettes and profiles as analytic short stories
  • phenomenology as poetry
  • codes and categories as symbols, motifs, and metaphors
  • qualitative data analysis as storylining
  • matrices and diagrams as plot structures
  • theory as proverbs and fables
  • the literary writing styles of research genres
Overall, the workshop will address finding and writing up the stories of a research project, using familiar literary genres, elements, and styles as reference points. Workshop content is derived from Saldaña's Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011), which addresses the narrative components of social inquiry. To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014.
Carolina Inn
July 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 01, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Publishing Qualitative Work

Mitch Allen
Getting a qualitative article or book published is about more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. It is a social process for which there are strategies in presenting your work to the journal editor or book publisher — and ways to craft your message to them — that greatly improve your chances of success. Most academics—both novices and experienced researchers — either don't know or don't follow these steps. In this workshop, I demystify what publishers and editors do, how they make their decisions, and how you can best interact with them and other intermediaries to maximize your chances of success. The workshop will help you develop materials that will pique a publisher’s or editor’s interest. We will also explore research strategies to identify the right home for your work. Also included will be discussions on edited books, how to publish from your dissertation, and when to consider open access and electronic publications. Participants will be asked to use these principles to craft a proposal/abstract for a book or article, title the work, create key words, and identify a set of publication outlets where the project can be submitted. Please bring the idea for your next book and/or article for these exercises.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 01, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Writing Rites: Working on Your Analysis and Writing

kathy Charmaz
What makes one qualitative study much more compelling than others? How can the writing strategies of professional writers help us improve our work? How do you manage to write when you work in a setting that allows scant time for writing? Would you like to expedite analyzing your data and writing your report? Which strategies help you gain acceptance and admiration from your intended audiences? This class addresses these questions. Qualitative reportage relies on art and science. Learning how to construct an artful rendering of your work increases the power of your analysis. This class covers both professional writers’ tips and tricks and qualitative analysts’ strategies and shortcuts. It will help you develop a more incisive, creative, and clear narrative. Our approach emphasizes how to construct a creative analysis and to write it for varied audiences. You will gain fresh ideas for proceeding with the analysis, integrating your ideas into a cogent, coherent piece of work, and communicating the significance of your work. This class covers crafting research stories and writing analytic reports but the two are not separate endeavors. Thus we show how to bring analytic definition and logic to stories and to build imagery, rhythm, metaphor, and surprise into analytic reports. We also cover strategies for developing arguments, writing literature reviews and theoretical frameworks and integrating your manuscripts. Writing abstracts, titles, and introductions share problems and pitfalls. Our agenda includes learning a few tricks to help you resolve these problems and avoid the pitfalls. The last session focuses on choosing journals and publishing houses, preparing your manuscript for submission, and working with editors and reviewers. This class best serves participants who are in the midst of a qualitative project or have had some experience with qualitative research and have engaged in qualitative coding and memo writing. Writers of all types of qualitative research are welcome. Researchers who conduct ethnographies, use discourse analysis, engage in narrative inquiry, follow grounded theory strategies, or create personal narratives will all gain ideas and strategies to advance their work.

To register, go to http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014
Carolina Inn
July 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 01, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ATLAS.ti 7 Introductory Hands-on Workshop

Paul Mihas

This hands-on short course will illustrate the capabilities of ATLAS.ti 7, a software program for coding and interpreting qualitative text. It provides a network editor that allows you to graphically display and examine the hierarchical and relational connections among your codes. ATLAS.ti provides numerous options for attaching memos and comments to text segments, documents, and codes.

No registration is required.

For further information, please contact Paul Mihas.

Click here for a course handout.


3010 Davis Library
September 09, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

ATLAS.ti Hands-on Workshop (Part 2)

Paul Mihas
This hands-on short course will cover analysis features (co-occurrence explorer, the query tool, the codes-primary-documents table) and using diagrams in your analysis.

There is no fee for this course.

No registration is required.

If you have questions, please contact Paul_Mihas@unc.edu.

September 11, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Quantitative Analysis

Social Network Analysis

Doug Steinley, Missouri
Network analysis focuses on relationships between or among social entities. It is used widely in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as in political science, economics, organizational studies, behavioral biology, and industrial engineering. The social network perspective, which will be taught in this workshop, has been developed over the last sixty years by researchers in psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The social network paradigm is gaining recognition in the social and behavioral sciences as the theoretical basis for examining social structures. This basis has been clearly defined and the paradigm convincingly applied to important substantive problems. However, the paradigm requires concepts and analytic tools beyond those provided by standard quantitative (particularly, statistical) methods. This five day workshop covers those concepts and tools. The course will present an introduction to concepts, methods, and applications of social network analysis drawn from the social and behavioral sciences. The primary focus of these methods is the analysis of relational data measured on groups of social actors. Topics include an introduction to graph theory and the use of directed graphs to study actor interrelations; structural and locational properties of actors, such as centrality, prestige, and prominence; subgroups and cliques; equivalence of actors, including structural equivalence, blockmodels, and an introduction to relational algebras; an introduction to local analyses, including dyadic and triadic analyses; and an introduction to statistical analyses, using models such as p1 and exponential random graph models. The workshop will use several common software packages for network analysis: UCINET, Pajek, NetDraw, and STOCNET.

The course runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday with a break for lunch.

For registration details, click here.
Davis 219
August 04, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
August 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
August 08, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Survey Research

Designing Multi-Item Scales

Robert Devellis
This course provides in introduction to developing instruments with multiple items to measure a single construct. Examples include measures of various social and psychological variables that might be assessed in health, marketing, journalism, or other research areas. Participants will also be encouraged to suggest content areas for discussion. After a brief theoretical introduction, we will turn to practical issues such as when a multi-item scale is (or isn’t) appropriate, determining the number and content of items in the scale, what type and how many response options should be offered, whether scales should include both “negative” and “positive” items, whether the parts of a subscale should be grouped or scattered, and other common concerns in scale development. Dr. DeVellis will use real-life examples to demonstrate the scale development process. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

To register, click here


Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    This course will count as 4.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    Davis 219
    9/4/14 1pm-5pm

    The Analysis of Clustered Data

    Georgiy Bobashev
    This short course is aimed at the audience of statisticians and analysts who have to analyze data with cluster-correlated outcomes. The course will describe complex concepts such as GEE and HLM in plain terms with simple examples (e.g., based on three observations), and provide intuitive understanding of the basics principles behind the methods for analyzing correlated continuous and categorical (mostly binary) data. The course will explain the difference between population averaged and cluster-specific (hierarchical) models and the basics of generalized estimating equation (GEE) methods. The definition of clusters is very broad and covers primary sampling units such as neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, as well as individuals when multiple measures are taken for the same individual or entity.
    The course assumes that the students are familiar with the basics of statistical analysis (e.g., general concepts of maximum likelihood, weighted vs. unweighted estimates). Because of the time limitation we will not discuss specific software code

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    To register, click here

    Davis 219
    9/17/14 9am-5pm

    Introduction to Focus Groups

    Emily Geisen and Amanda Wilmot
    Focus group interviews are commonly used for survey development, content development, and qualitative data collection to capture rich information about attitudes and beliefs that affect behavior. An overview of the basics of focus groups supplemented with real examples and hands-on practice will highlight the most appropriate uses of focus groups, moderating focus groups, developing interview questions, analyzing and using results, as well as reporting findings.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    Davis 219
    10/23/14 9am-5pm

    Inferential Issues in Web Surveys

    Mick Couper
    There are many different ways that samples can be obtained for online surveys. These include open invitation surveys of volunteers, intercept surveys, opt-in or access panels, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, Google Consumer Surveys, list-based samples, and the like. In most cases, the goal is to make inference to some large population. The different approaches to selecting samples and inviting respondents to complete a survey vary in their inferential properties. Threats to inference include sampling error, coverage error, and nonresponse error. In addition to selection methods, a variety of adjustment methods, such as weighting, propensity score adjustment and matching, are being used to mitigate the risk of inferential errors. The course will focus on the assumptions behind the different approaches to inference in Web surveys, the benefits and risks inherent in the different approaches, and the appropriate use of a particular approach to sample selection in Web surveys. The course has a conceptual rather than statistical focus, but a basic understanding of statistics will be helpful. This course is suitable for people who are considering conducting a Web survey for data collection or analyzing data from an existing Web survey.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    Davis 219
    11/13/14 9am - 5 pm

    Introduction to Survey Management

    Lisa Thalji
    This course will focus on the application of project management principles and techniques to the management of survey research projects. At the conclusion of the course participants will have a basic understanding of:
    * The principles of project management as applied to survey research
    * How to plan a survey project
    * How to implement the plan and manage the work
    * How to manage the project budget
    * How to manage the project contract

    The course will cover a broad range of survey management topics, including: proposal preparation, Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt charts, organization charts, staffing, budgeting, management tools to monitor the work, earned value analysis, and types of survey contracts. Course participants will receive a workbook containing all material presented in class.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    Davis 219
    11/20/14 9am - 5pm

    Other

    Introduction to Census Concepts

    Michele Matz Hayslett
    Do you know that variables like income and educational attainment are no longer part of the decennial census? Do you understand the differences between the decennial long form methodology and that of the American Community Survey (ACS)? If your answer to these questions is no, please attend this class before coming to the data access classes on the 25th since this information is critical to being able to pull the data you need. We will compare and contrast content and methodology of the decennial census long form and the ACS, and review Census terminology and geographies.
    Lecture and Discussion - 2 hours

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    Davis 3010
    9/23/14 9am - 11am

    Basic Census Data Access

    Michele Matz Hayslett
    Hands-on workshop to help users understand the strengths of various Census data retrieval tools, both freely available ones and those to which the library subscribes: American FactFinder, the Census Bureau’s freely available database; the Summary File Retrieval Tool, the Bureau’s free tool for accessing small geographic level ACS data; Social Explorer, a commercially licensed tool to which the library subscribes; and the grant-supported (so, free to you) National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS). These tools provide access to pre-constructed data tables published by the Census Bureau. Some are better for the most recent data and others are useful for historical data. Come learn how to choose the best tool for your research, and the ins and outs of each tool. Hands-on - 3 hours

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    Davis 3010
    9/25/14 9am - 12pm

    Advanced Census Data Access

    Michele Matz Hayslett
    Hands-on workshop to help users understand the strengths of various Census (and other survey) data retrieval tools which allow the creation of custom cross-tabulations (that is, custom data tables). Tools to be covered include: DataFerrett; iPUMS/TerraPopulus (in beta); and the Triangle Census Research Data Center (TCRDC). The first two tools are freely available and focus on census data (U.S. for DataFerrett; international for iPUMS/TerraPopulus); researchers must apply to the Census Bureau (or other federal agency, e.g., the Centers for Disease Control) for access to the TCRDC in order to utilize survey microdata. TCRDC staff will present this portion of the class. Hands-on - 3 hours

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    Davis 3010
    9/25/14 1pm - 4pm