Short Courses

Policy analysis and evaluation from a qualitative perspective

11th January 2011 to 13th January 2011


Date: 11-13/01/2011

This three day introductory course is for government social researchers and other policy-related researchers and analysts who want to know more about qualitative methods of social research, and how to use them effectively in policy-related research and evaluation

Tutor: To be confirmed


  • Develop a better understanding of qualitative research and evaluation methods
  • Develop a better understanding of the use of qualitative methods in government research and evaluation
  • Appreciate how to evaluate and analyse qualitative research studies in a rigorous, critical and informed manner
  • Better understand when to use qualitative as opposed to quantitative methods, and when to combine approaches
  • Appreciate the issues involved in the designing of a project that appropriately uses qualitative methods and conforms to contemporary ethical and other standards
  • Understand the theoretical and methodological basis of a range of approaches to qualitative research, and how this affects the design and conduct of research and the analysis of data
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of qualitative research and evaluation in order to use that knowledge in the design, commissioning, application and dissemination of policy relevant research.

What previous students have said about this course:

  • ‘Very good - interesting and helpful. Enjoyable’.
  • ‘Good range of topics, all linked, good pace’

Venue: Institute of Education

Cost: £525 (or you can pay just £900 for both Longitudinal Analysis and Longitudinal Modelling courses)

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is offering training bursaries up to £1,000 to enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their skills. Contract researchers working in HEIs are also eligible for the bursaries. Please note that the bursary scheme is open for applications throughout the year i.e. there are no deadlines for applications. Find here further information about the bursaries and to apply

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