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 the expert from the UCL will allow to get in touch with diverse ways of making use of qualitative research methods in the health sciences. The participants will be supported to think these innovative approaches through in terms of their current or possible future research projects.

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 in quantitative research projects where results are expected within a narrow time-span.

Dr. Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, is a member of the Health Research Network (QHRN) of the University College London (UCL) and draws on extensive experience of how best to embed qualitative approaches in clinical research. She 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

(Depending on situation at INS or online)

1.    Introduction to rapid qualitative research (RREAL) – Tuesday, 26.01.2021 9:30-17:00

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) – Wednesday, 27.01.2021 9:30-17:00 

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 ethnography in healthcare – Thursday, 28.01.2021 9:30-17:00 

This 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 and design their own rapid study. 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 (these will need to be pre-booked by participants).

Organization and Moderation

University of Basel:

Dr. des. 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 (external):

Dr. Cecilia Vindrola 
is a medical anthropologist interested in applied health research and the development of rapid approaches to research. She works across four interdisciplinary teams, applying anthropological theories and methods to study and improve healthcare delivery in the UK and abroad. She is a researcher on the NIHR-funded Rapid Service Evaluation Team (RSET), a collaboration between UCL and the Nuffield Trust. She has written extensively on the use of rapid qualitative research and currently co-directs the Rapid Research, Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) with Dr. Ginger Johnson. She is the past Director and current training lead for the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN). Cecilia works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Health Research, UCL and Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre.

Participants

Max. 20 participants per day. Priority will be 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. Participants can choose to attend 1-3 of the workshop days.