Workshop "Rapid Qualitative Health Research Methods"

This 3-day workshop for PhD-students and postdocs, which is organized by three Institutes of the University of Basel (Nursing Science, Social Anthropology and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute) in collaboration with an expert from UCL will educate on diverse ways of making use of qualitative research methods in the health sciences. 

Overview

Health scientists agree that qualitative and mixed-method research approaches are still underrepresented in their disciplines (nursing, public health, epidemiology, medical anthropology etc.). However, for many quantitatively oriented health sciences it is challenging to successfully embed qualitative research methods into their studies. At the same time, qualitative health scientists face challenges when applying qualitative methodologies where results are expected within a narrow time-span. Dr Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, is the Co-Director of the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) based at the University College London (UCL) and draws on extensive experience of how best to embed qualitative approaches in clinical research and adapt qualitative research designs for rapid study timeframes. Her team has developed methodological approaches that are adapted to fit the research context in the health sciences. Researchers with either qualitative or quantitative experience approach can benefit from this expertise.

Program 3-day Workshop

1.    Introduction to rapid qualitative research (RREAL) – Monday, 23.08.2021 10.00-14:00

An introduction to the range of approaches used in rapid qualitative research and literature reviews, including: rapid appraisals, rapid assessment procedures, rapid qualitative inquiry, the RARE model, rapid ethnographies (quick, focused and short-term). Course participants will work with real research cases and design their own rapid study. Participants planning a rapid study are encouraged to use their own topic throughout the course. Short clinics are available to discuss individual projects in detail.

2.    Introduction to rapid evaluations (RREAL) – Tuesday, 24.08.2021 10.00-14:00

An introduction to a wide range of approaches used in the design and implementation of rapid evaluations combining short presentations with hands-on exercises and the opportunity to work with real evaluation cases and design their own rapid evaluation. Participants who are planning a rapid study will be encouraged to use their own topic throughout the course. Short rapid research clinics will be available at the end of the course to discuss projects in detail.

3.   Introduction to rapid ethnography – Wednesday, 25.08.2021 10.00-14:00

This workshop day provides an introduction to a wide range of approaches used in rapid research with a focus on rapid ethnography. The course will combine short presentations with hands-on exercises. The participants will get the opportunity to work with real research cases. Short rapid research clinics will be available at the end of the course to discuss projects in detail (these will need to be pre-booked by participants).

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Additionally to the workshop, Dr Cecilia Vindrola will give a public online lecture on the international RREAL project "Healthcare Workers' Experiences of Delivering Care During the Covid-19 Pandemic," in which INS staff members and students were involved as well. Participants of the workshop can attend the streaming of the lecture in person at the Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201. It will be followed by a small dinner. 

Monday, 23rd August 2021 from 17:00-18:00h organized by the Institute of Nursing Science.
No registration required for online attendance of the lecture by Zoom.  
Zoom Meeting-ID: 631 8918 6965; Code: 716623

Organization and Moderation

University of Basel:

Dr. Sandra Staudacher 
Institute Nursing Science (postdoc)

Megan Davies 
Institute Nursing Science (PhD student)

Dr. des. Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund 
Anthropology & Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (postdoc)

PD Dr. Sonja Merten 
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Invited Expert:
Dr Cecilia Vindrola-Padros Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Targeted Intervention, Co-Director of the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL), University College London (UCL) and Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre, Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Participants

Max. 20 participants per day. Priority is given to PhD students and Postdocs from the organizing institutions. Free workshop spaces can be filled with students and academic staff from any institute of the University of Basel (waitlist). Participants can choose to attend 1-3 of the workshop days. 1ECT can be allocated to those attending all 3 days.

Workshop Registration

Please, register for the workshop latest by Monday, 9th August 2021 by email to Megan Davies.

The preparatory “think piece” needs to be sent by Monday, 16th August 2021.

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