QUAL Workshop Tutorial Series

This series is offered as part of the new UW-wide Qualitative Multi-Method Research Initiative (QUAL).

Autumn 2015 Workshop Tutorials: Building a Research Question

Throughout this four-session tutorial, basic and advanced features of the ATLAS.ti software will be used to collect, code and analyze both theories and preliminary supporting data. Theories and data will inform each other to arrive at a research puzzle that can become part of a research proposal. The instructor will provide a sample project qualitative dataset for the workshop tutorials.

Oct. 15: QUAL Workshop Tutorial | Introduction to QDA Software

This session will be an introduction to qualitative data analysis (QDA) software. A hands-on introduction to the ATLAS.ti software will take up the majority of this session. This will cover basic terminology and functionality of the program, adding data to a project (including text and other media types), coding and annotating documents.

Oct. 29: QUAL Workshop Tutorial | Collecting and Analyzing Theories, Claims, and Hypotheses

ATLAS.ti is an especially suitable tool for collecting and annotating readings about theories and claims in any social science research project. This session will demonstrate – with an example project – how ATLAS.ti could be used to code and annotate source documents for a literature review.

Nov. 12: QUAL Workshop Tutorial | Collecting and Analyzing Evidence

Building on the literature review sample project from the previous session, participants will practice adding “preliminary evidence” data – including sample interviews, newspaper articles, website content, video and audio materials.

Dec. 3: QUAL Workshop Tutorial | Pulling Together Your Research Question

Building on the work from sessions two and three, participants will see how ATLAS.ti can help them reveal connections between their notes from a literature review and the coded preliminary evidence data. The ultimate goal of the exercise will be to arrive at a research question, situated in the literature and grounded in evidence.