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Qualitative longitudinal methods

Monday 17 October 2011

Qualitative Longitudinal methods are used to reveal how change is created, lived and experienced, particularly in policy and organisational contexts where individuals are required to change their behaviour, or where change processes in policy or practice environments need to be evaluated and better understood.

This methods training day in Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) Methods on 17 October 2011 was designed to provide a unique opportunity to experience the highest quality training in Qualitative Longitudinal Methods and Secondary Analysis.

Practical issues of generating and managing data using QL methods were covered, and examples given of the rich variety of ways in which time can be embedded in social enquiry and how it can be utilised as both a conceptual category and methodological strategy.

The workshop also gave delegates a critical understanding of strategies of secondary analysis, as a key element of QL research.

Through a choice of linked practical sessions, participants engaged in-depth with practical aspects of research, including a bespoke IT workshop using the Timescapes Data Archive.

There was also a Masterclass for those already working with QL methods and seeking training in highly specific and sophisticated aspects in their use. In addition, practical workshops linked with the presentations, on Sampling and Secondary Analysis, were also available.

The workshop was organised through the School of Sociology & Social Policy, in affiliation with Timescapes, an ESRC funded qualitative longitudinal study.

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