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The Qualitative Research and Innovation Series

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SAGE MethodSpace and NVivo are excited to continue the Qualitative Research and Innovation webinars.

Intended for researchers of all experience levels and backgrounds, these presentations highlight qualitative research and data collection methods across the social sciences while showcasing practical and ethical insights into both traditional and emerging qualitative research approaches. Several SAGE authors are involved in presenting these talks.


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Two new webinar series are running for Autumn/Winter 2021-22:

Click on the headings to browse each series in full via the NVivo website:


Analyzing Qualitative Research:  After the Interview (webinar series)

Upcoming webinars:

Using Archived Qualitative Data. Click here to register
November 4, 2021 - 11 AM EDT /  3 PM GMT

Completing a Service-Oriented Dissertation or Thesis: Key Considerations for Success. Click here to register
December 1, 2021  -  ​12 PM EST / 5 PM GMT


The Scholarly Writing Webinar Series

Upcoming webinars:

Publish and Persevere: Writing & Representing Qualitative Research. Click here to register
November 10, 2021  -  12 PM EST / 5 PM GMT

Transcribing Qualitative Data. Click here to register
December 8, 2021 - 11am EST / 4pm GMT


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Browse the Spring 2021 webinar recordings via the list below.

You can access the full guide here and a similar guide to the Culturally Responsive Research webinars here


COVID-19: The Impact on Qualitative Research – a blip in time? (occurred)

January 21, 2021 – 12pm EST (5pm BMT / CET, 4pm GMT)

The webinar discussed the findings of a survey of qualitative researchers on the impact the pandemic has had on their research. The survey was conducted at the end of April and the start of May when the crisis was at its peak in Europe and North America. In-depth follow-up interviews were conducted in June-July as the virus receded in that part of the world. 

Questions posed include whether the ways researchers have had to pivot their research to accommodate the limitations put on face to face interaction will have a lasting effect or not on how qualitative researchers conduct research as well as their career prospects.  The experiences and views of webinar participants were sought in a lively interactive discussion.

Presenter: Silvana di Gregorio, PhD, is Research Director at QSR International.

Silvana is a sociologist and a former academic. She has been involved with training, consulting and publishing about qualitative data analysis software since 1995. She has consulted on qualitative research projects from the academic, government and commercial sectors worldwide. Find out more about her work via the guide.




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Working with visual & sensory methods to research materiality, mobility & rhythm (occurred)

February 5, 2021 – 11am EST (3pm GMT, 4pm CET / BMT)

This session brought the hair salon, the urban street and the fish market to life in research which works with visual and sensory methods. The panel from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK shared how they tune into different social worlds and do research which allows them to hear, see and sense materiality, mobility and rhythm. 

Presenters: Dr Sweta Rajan-Rankin, Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh & Dr Dawn Lyon

Dr Sweta Rajan-Rankin explores touch, texture and the socio-materiality of hair in curating black identity through a sensory ethnography of Afro hair salons in Brixton. Using auto-ethnography and participant observation of salon life, she explores the temporal, biographical and material intimacies offered through black hair practice in enabling transnational identities to evolve as black bodies move through white spaces.

Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh discusses the visual and sensory methods used in her research (with Dr Magali Peyreffite) in London's Soho and argues that mapping the glowing neon lights once associated with a notorious and well-known sex industry tells us a great deal about changes that have come about with 'hegemonic gentrification' (Sanders-McDonagh et al, 2016). Through their 'alter-map' of this area, they demonstrate how exploring colour, tone, and light reveal power and rhythm in this inner-London space.

Dr Dawn Lyon discusses how using the senses allows researchers to grasp and be grasped by rhythm and in so doing to appreciate the unfolding of time and space in different social contexts. She critically considers using the camera as well as the body as a tool of sensory research in her work on fish markets in the UK and Europe.




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Creative Ways to Visualize Qualitative Data (occurred)

March 4, 2021 – 12pm EST (5pm GMT, 6pm CET / BMT)

Qualitative data offers rich, fertile ground for data storytelling, so why is it so often neglected in the conversation about data visualization? In this webinar, participants will learn why visualizing qualitative data is important and what is special about visualizing qualitative data. The presenter will share several examples of how to creatively visualize qualitative data and discuss the circumstances that make different methods most effective. Participants will then be invited to ask questions that will help them improve their understanding and practice of visualizing qualitative data.

Presenter Lydia Hooper is a hybrid professional with a decade of experience integrating design, data, and communications to help mission-driven organizations embrace complexity, cultivate clarity, and maximize impact. With an interdisciplinary degree in science communication and media, Lydia has special expertise in collaborating with diverse stakeholders and guiding teams through transformation. She has worked with more than 50 organizations, written articles for numerous publications, and presented at dozens of events.



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An Exploration of Critical Advocacy Research & Decision Points toward Culturally Responsive Research (occurred)

March 18, 2021 – 1pm EDT (6pm GMT, 7pm CET / BMT)

Research has the potential to change the current socio-political and cultural contexts toward a more racially equitable and just society.  For example, research informs policies, law, programs and practice in order to address inequities. Critical advocacy research moves beyond mere documentation of oppression and hegemonic power and requires a commitment of the researcher to support and advocate for voices not always clearly heard. This session is a brief exploration of critical advocacy approaches and congruent methods that employ rigor as they hold promise to transform.

Presenter Penny A. Pasque is professor in Educational Studies and director of Qualitative Methods & QualLab for the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Pasque is also editor of the Review of Higher Education, one of the leading research journals in the field. Her research addresses complexities in qualitative inquiry, in/equities in higher education, and dis/connections between higher education and society. She works with, and studies, qualitative methodologies that work toward social justice and educational equity. Pasque’s research has appeared in over 100 journal articles and books, including in The Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, The Review of Higher Education, Diversity in Higher Education, among others.



Access the full guide to the Culturally Responsive Research webinars here



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Youth-Led Antiracism Research (occurred)

March 19, 2021 – 1pm EDT (5pm GMT, 6pm CET / BMT)

This Culturally Responsive Research webinar will discuss the conceptualization of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) as an antiracism approach to social science scholarship. The webinar will include:

  • A brief introduction to YPAR principles and its convergence with Critical Race Theory methodology

  • Research “commitments” that enable inter-generational research partnerships with young people to advance racial justice

  • Case examples of YPAR projects with diverse youth

  • Lessons learned and guiding questions for future work in this field

Presenters: Katie Richards-Schuster & Adriana Aldana

Adriana Aldana, MSW, PhD, is an assistant professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Social Work. She received her doctorate in Social Work and Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is a community-based practitioner and developmental psychologist, with an emphasis on youth and sociopolitical empowerment. Her scholarship examines how participatory action research and multicultural organizing models build youths' capacity for anti-racism engagement. Her research with diverse youth has identified the processes that promote young people's ability to think critically about their social identity, systems of privilege and oppression, and inclusive social action tactics.


Katie Richards-Schuster, AM, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan and her AM from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.Her research focuses on understanding the strategies and approaches for engaging young people in communities, the contexts and environments that facilitate youth engagement across settings, and the impact of youth participation in creating community change. She is a leading scholar in using participatory research and evaluation approaches with young people and communities.




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Theory and Practice of Transparent Qualitative Health Research (occurred)

March 25, 2021 – 12pm EDT (4pm GMT, 5pm CET / BMT)

There is now a widely held consensus that more transparent research provides better outcomes for individual researchers, for scientific communities, and for society at large. Principles of transparency are also increasingly being written into funding requirements and incorporated into journal policies. Most efforts towards transparent research to date have focused on quantitative research and the data that underpin it. The demand for scientific transparency, however, is equally relevant to qualitative research and data, even though sharing qualitative data poses unique challenges, both logistically and ethically. In a collaboration that now enters its third year, researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and the Qualitative Data Repository are exploring how to responsibly maximize the transparency of qualitative research in health.

Sebastian Karcher is the Associate Director of the Qualitative Data Repository at Syracuse University. His main interests are in qualitative data management, data curation, and the integration of technology into scholarly workflows.

Lori Frohwirth is a Senior Research Associate at the Guttmacher Institute. Her work focuses on abortion and contraceptive use in the United States and the use of qualitative methods in public health research.

Jennifer Mueller is a Research Associate at the Guttmacher Institute. Her research interests include sexual behavior, contraceptive use, and access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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Embodying the Change: How Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Anthropology, Abolition, & Emergent Strategy Guide my Practice Before & After Projects Launch (occurred)

April 8, 2021 – 12pm EDT (5pm BST, 6pm CET / BMT)

In this session Dr. Aisha Rios shares the ways she integrates critical theories and practices—from culturally responsive evaluation, anthropology, abolition theory and organizing, and emergent strategy—into her work before and after learning and evaluation projects launch. Her commitment to social justice and movement organizing compel her to seek out opportunities to resist and disrupt, as well as embody alternative, liberatory futures. She will describe how she engages in subversive practices through project selection and during the early stages of planning and design. What this looks like in practice is harnessing the opportunity, when potential projects do not demonstrate a clear commitment to culturally responsive practice, to build this into proposals rather accepting what people and organizations request or present as a given. After projects are in motion, this means building in dedicated time to learn and center local knowledges, practices, histories, and questions and build relationships with people, because she believes this should inform and support all phases of evaluation. Finally, she offers analytical memos as a tool to document and analyze contextual information.

Presenter: Dr. Aisha Rios

Aisha is the Founder and Learning & Change Strategist at Coactive Change. In her role, she partners with change agents working to dismantle systems of oppression and create more just, liberatory futures. What this looks like in practice is slower paced, reflective, and contextually grounded learning and evaluation projects where she provides thought partnership, creative facilitation, and strategic guidance. She relies on approaches and methodologies that center collective knowledge and collaboration—rather than solely relying on her knowledge and experience—because she believes that learning does not happen in isolation but in partnership with those working in the field to advance social justice change.


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Lessons in managing and supporting a team of qualitative coders (occurred)

April 15, 2021– 12pm EDT (5pm BST, 6pm CET / BMT)

Have a tight deadline and a lot of qualitative data to code? Tune in to hear Lindsay Giesen, a Senior Study Director at Westat, share lessons learned from a recent study on how to successfully manage and support a team of staff in coding qualitative data. She presents her insights and lessons learned in leading a team to code 154 interview transcripts in just six weeks for a study of national school meal programs.


Presenter: Lindsay Giesen

Lindsay is a senior study director at Westat with more than 12 years of experience in program evaluation and policy research. She has managed and/or participated in program evaluations and research studies at the state and national levels on topics such as child nutrition, workforce development, child welfare, food security, child care, and Federal health programs. Ms. Giesen has strong experience in implementation evaluation. Find out more about her work via the full guide




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Hard to Reach or Hardly Reached?: Using Community-Based Research Strategies to Improve HIV Prevention Outcomes among Black & Latinx Women (occurred)

April 23, 2021 – 12pm EDT (5pm BST, 6pm CET / BMT)

There is now a widely held consensus that more transparent research provides better outcomes for individual researchers, for scientific communities, and for society at large. Principles of transparency are also increasingly being written into funding requirements and incorporated into journal policies. Most efforts towards transparent research to date have focused on quantitative research and the data that underpin it. The demand for scientific transparency, however, is equally relevant to qualitative research and data, even though sharing qualitative data poses unique challenges, both logistically and ethically. In a collaboration that now enters its third year, researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and the Qualitative Data Repository are exploring how to responsibly maximize the transparency of qualitative research in health.

Presenter: Dr Liesl Nydegger

Liesl is an Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education and Director of the Gender Health Equity Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Nydegger earned her Ph.D. in Health Promotion Sciences with a concentration in Global Health, and her Master's in Public Health Claremont Graduate University, School of Community and Global Health. In 2015, Dr. Nydegger was awarded a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She was awarded a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in 2012-2013 that took place in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Nydegger's research interests focus on sexual health equity among vulnerable and underserved populations.




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Respecting and Responding to the needs of Communities of Color in the Research Space

April 29, 2021 – 12pm EDT (5pm BST, 6pm CET / BMT)

This webinar will give strategies on implementation of culturally responsive research for communities of color.

Presenter: Rasheeta Chandler

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN is an Assistant Professor at Emory University’s NHWSON. Dr. Chandler also holds a Visiting Professorship at the UCSF, CAPS.  Her professional contributions have impacted health disparities in minority communities through research, pedagogy, and clinical practice. Her projects consider communication and technological modalities (e.g. advertising, social media) in exploration of the most effective milieu for improving health among young Black women, promoting optimal reproductive health, protective sexual behavior, and HIV prevention.


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Access the full guide to the Culturally Responsive Research webinars here



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Culturally Responsive Focus Groups

May 4, 2021 – 2pm EDT (7pm BST, 8pm CET / BMT)

This webinar will look at how focus groups can be tailored to meet the needs of specific minoritized groups (e.g., Black women). The implications of conducting culturally responsive focus groups online will also be explored.

Presenter: Jori N. Hall, PhD

Jori is Associate Professor in the Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies program at the University of Georgia, and is a multidisciplinary researcher and evaluator focused on social inequalities and the overall rigor of social science research. Specifically, her work addresses issues of evaluation and research methodology, cultural responsiveness, and the role of values and privilege within the fields of education and health. Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed works in scholarly venues; she has authored the book, Focus Groups: Culturally Responsive Approaches for Qualitative Inquiry and Program Evaluation; and was selected as a Leaders of Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) fellow by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Dr. Hall is the 2020 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group Scholarly Leader Award for scholarship that has contributed to culturally responsive evaluation. She currently serves as an external evaluator and Co-Principal Investigator for programs funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is also an associate editor for the American Journal of Evaluation.


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Access the full guide to the Culturally Responsive Research webinars here


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Survey Methods as an Opportunity for Analytic Integration in Mixed Methods Evaluation

May 6, 2021 – 12pm EDT (5pm BST, 6pm CET / BMT)

This presentation shines light on the opportunity to use surveys for a more robust mixed methods evaluation. Rather than analyzing qualitative and quantitative data separately and comparing results in a narrative, survey methods allow evaluators to move the point of integration from results to analysis. Integration during analysis often leads to the discovery of complex relationships and initiates new ideas. The New Hampshire Young Adult Assessment (NH YAA) will be used as an example to demonstrate analytic integration using QDA software. The NH YAA is an online survey that assesses substance use behaviors and beliefs among young adults. The team integrated the data for analysis through merging in NVivo. This facilitated comparative analysis of coded qualitative data across quantitatively defined subgroups (e.g., type of substance used) matched at the participant level. A visual joint display will be used to present findings.

Presenter: Erin Singer

As the Data & Evaluation Consultant at JSI, Erin is involved in multiple projects at JSI including evaluation of the Vermont Tobacco Control Program; the New Hampshire Center for Excellence Addressing Alcohol and other Drugs; and the HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance. Her experience spans 10 years of research and evaluation in substance use; youth development and child welfare & health equity, with areas of technical expertise in evaluation design and survey methodology, mixed-methods, and statistical analysis.

Erin has worked as an epidemiologist and researcher for state departments, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. She is skilled in interpreting and communicating research and evaluation findings to ensure data-informed policy and practice decision-making. Erin has a PhD in social work from Boston College and an MSW from Portland State University.



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Análisis de Datos Bilingüe Participativo Innovador con Inmigrantes Latinx: Lenguaje, Poder y Transformación

Innovative analysis of bilingual data from latinx migrant participants: Language, power and transformation

May 14, 2021 – 12pm EDT (5pm BST, 6pm CET / BMT)

Las percepciones de los inmigrantes latinx/@ son esenciales para desarrollar intervenciones que aborden mejor los fenómenos multinivel que afectan la salud mental. A pesar de los importantes avances en métodos que incorporan genuinamente prácticas de investigación participativa, la atención a la recopilación, el análisis y la difusión de datos en colaboración es limitada. Nuestro objetivo es describir el desarrollo y la implementación de prácticas de investigación para abordar estas brechas a través del énfasis y la comprensión de la centralidad del lenguaje en los procesos de investigación colaborativa.

Un enfoque en la praxis y el lenguaje reveló cómo el lenguaje de la investigación estructura el poder, el significado, el sentimiento, la colaboración, el análisis y la transformación. También encontramos que los procesos analíticos participativos bilingües tienen implicaciones importantes con respecto a lograr una inclusión genuina en una investigación rigurosa que avanza hacia la equidad para los inmigrantes latinx / @ y otras poblaciones.



Access the full guide to the Culturally Responsive Research webinars here





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