Pre-workshops and key notes


Workshops - June 28th, 2012



 (9:00 am-12.30 am)

Workshop 1 

CBPR - Prof. M. Mayan

Community-based participatory research: Engaging people as agents of their own health 

Workshop 2

GT Basic - Prof. M. Tarozzi 

Grounded theory. Strategies for data coding 

Workshop 3

Sampling -Prof. G. Gobo

Rethinking sampling and generalization in qualitative research 


Workshop 4

TechQual - Prof. C. Cisneros Puebla

Software for qualitative data analysis: Technology and Methodology Convergences on Qualitative Health Research 

(1.30 pm- 5.00 pm)

Workshop 5

IPA - Prof. J. Smith

Doing interpretative phenomenological analysis: an introductory workshop 

Workshop 6

GT Advanced _ Prof. J. Corbin

Building theories from data 

Workshop 7

Mixed MT _Prof. J. Morse

Qualitative Driven Mixed-Method and Multiple-Method Designs


Workshop 8

QualOnline - Prof. G. Graffigna

Online Qualitative Health Research: Internet as a new medium and territory for health research. 



Workshops abstracts*:

Workshop 1) Community-based participatory research: Engaging people as agents of their own health - Prof. Maria Mayan

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is gaining broad attention as an approach for addressing the complex factors that contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. CBPR is a collaborative process that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR's increasing popularity among researchers from all fields stems from its potential in maximizing the relevance, rigor, and results of research. This workshop will introduce the learner to the foundations of CBPR, terms and definitions, ethics, criticism and current relevance for engaging people as decision-makers in their health and well-being.


Workshop 2) Grounded theory. Strategies for data coding - prof. Massimiliano Tarozzi

This workshop will focus on an in-depth examination and application of coding in Grounded Theory Method (GTM), including understanding the logic behind the method. After an introduction of coding procedures in GTM -initial, focused, theoretical - participants will be asked to practice some techniques of analysis on real data provided by the instructor. In particular, the workshop will address, through critical discussion, some initial and focused coding procedures.

Workshop 3) Rethinking sampling and generalization in qualitative research - prof. Giampietro Gobo

This workshop deals with three distinct and important issues in qualitative methodology: sampling, representativeness and generalizability. Sampling in qualitative research is contentious. On one hand, it is often neglected by qualitative researchers who deem it as a positivistic worry; on the other hand, it has been undervalued by quantitative researchers because it is a non-probabilistic approach and cannot be used to generalize to a population. Fortunately, in contemporary qualitative research, the problem of representativeness is a constant and growing concern of several researchers. Finally, the issue of generalization is something inevitable: why spend time and resources to conduct a study if you cannot transfer its results to other contexts? Qualitative researchers need to rethink these old issues with  a new frame.  We can have generalizations without probability.

Workshop 4) Software for Qualitative Data Analysis: Technology and Methodology Convergences on Qualitative Health Research - prof. César A. Cisneros Puebla

This workshop focuses on how some specific software such as ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, QDAMiner and NVivo, among others programs, supports qualitative data analysis in health research. A methodological discussion on how computer assisted qualitative data analysis software is creatively shaping our ways of gathering, classifying, analyzing and visualizing human, spatial and social processes is the main issue to be considered. The sum of diverse sources of data, synchronization of some of them in several ways and integration of geographic dimensions into qualitative analysis projects adds news perspectives to shape contextual and situational angles to a study. The workshop necessarily presents the role and impact of computer assisted qualitative data analysis software on methodologies used by qualitative health researchers; these topics will be presented in a seminar-style by the instructor rather than a hands-on format.  Technology and methodology convergences are the scenery to comparatively evaluate the present and the future of qualitative health research assisted by such qualitative data analysis software.

Workshop 5) Doing interpretative phenomenological analysis: an introductory workshop ** - prof. Jonathan A. Smith

Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is an approach concerned with the close examination of participants' lived experience. It has theoretical underpinnings in phenomenology, hermeneutics and idiography. The last of these marks a distinctive feature of IPA as it involves the detailed analysis of particular cases. IPA developed in UK health psychology but has grown to be employed in a wide range of disciplines and geographical regions. This introductory workshop will
give a brief overview of IPA's theoretical positioning and then go through the stages involved in conducting a research project using this methodology: research design, data collection, analysis, writing up. There will be time for some hands on practical work during the workshop.

Workshop 6) Building theories from data - prof. Juliet M. Corbin

This workshop focuses on the use of grounded theory method to develop a substantive theory.  It begins with a discussion of why theory is still an important research objective.  It presents some of the major components of a theory and differentiates it from descriptive research.   It then explains how Corbin constructed the theory of "Protective Governing" starting at the initial question to an overview of the final theoretical formulation.   Aspects of the grounded theory method will be incorporated into the presentation to show how the researcher arrived at her final formulation. Then using a set of evaluative criteria participants will be asked to read and critique published articles that utilized grounded theory methodology .

Workshop 7) Qualitative Driven Mixed-Method and Multiple-Methods Designs- prof. Janice M. Morse

While mixed- and multiple-method designs have given a new interest and legitimacy to qualitative inquiry, the role of qualitative methods is not appreciated and often mis-represented.  In this workshop, I will discuss the contribution(s) of qualitative methods to the project as a whole.  We will focus on qualitatively-driven designs, and designs with a qualitative supplemental component. Diagramming the study components, and listing the outcomes of each component, enables the researcher to keep the original aims in the foreground, and enables evaluation of results as the study progresses. We will specially focus on diagramming, the theoretical trust of the project, the point of interface, and writing the results.

Workshop 8) Online Qualitative Health Research: Internet as a new medium and territory for health research.  -  prof. Guendalina Graffigna

The Internet is acquiring growing importance both as a source of information and as a medium for people with the same illness experiences, feelings and doubts to establish contact with each other. From this perspective, the Internet is a powerful tool where patients (and their caregivers) can build relationships, exchange empathy, empowerment each other, and obtain advice and suggestions to improve their wellbeing. As a consequence, healthcare professionals are paying growing attention to the Internet as a new medium and scope for health intervention. 
In particular, the Internet warrants closer attention from a health research perspective, not only because it enables study of new evolving phenomena but also because it can sustain the development of new forms of health intervention.Thus the Internet offers important opportunities and challenges to qualitative health research as it generates new objects (and subjects) of inquiry as well as configures itself as a new medium for data construction. In this workshop,  the latest technical and methodological developments of online qualitative methods and techniques applied to health issues will be introduced including:
- online qualitative research overview: fields of application, research questions and objectives suitable to this research approach
- online focus groups: choosing among different techniques of online focus groups (bulletin board, chat, forum+chat); constructing, conducting and analysing online discussions groups
- analysis of online communities: analytical strategies to explore spontaneous discourse and interactions that take place on the Internet among patients, healthcare professionals and caregivers.


* All the seminars will be held only if it is reached a minimum of 15 participants.

** The maximum participant limit is 50. Reached the maximum number of participants, the registration to this seminar will be closed.