Qualitative Research Design and Analysis

Julieta Marotta & George Okongo, UNU-MERIT / School of Governance

This seminar covers qualitative research designs, from the practical perspectives of the PhD projects of the two presenters. The PhD projects entail one case study and a comparative case study of two countries; all in developing countries. One of the projects is on legal service provision to vulnerable communities, while the other is on systemic approaches to research-policy interfacing in the agricultural sector.

The joint presentation will address issues related to choice of design and selection of methods on the basis of research questions; decisions on use of specific types of selected methods as well as the dynamics of data collection processes in the field. The seminar will also give an overview of the usefulness and analytical possibilities with the two main qualitative data analysis software, Atlas.ti and Nvivo. If time permits, discussions could delve into some of the major points of debate in comparisons of qualitative and quantitative approaches, such as validity, reliability and rigour.

Venue: Conference room, Keizer Karelplein 19, Maastricht

Date: 14 April 2015

Time: 13:30 - 15:00  CET