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Qualitative Research Resources

Find sources of qualitative training & support at UNC. How to search for and evaluate qualitative research, integrate qualitative research into systematic reviews, report/publish qualitative research. Includes some Mixed Methods resources.

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Why is this information important?

  • Qualitative research has many aliases! It can be difficult to find support for qualitative research if you don't know where to look.
  • There is a good amount of support available for qualitative researchers on UNC campus. Knowing about it will make your life as a researcher much easier.

If you need some assistance designing your project or using specific qualitative methods or software, people at these centers/institutes on UNC's campus may be able to help.

UNC Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science

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The Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science

Services for Qualitative Researchers:

  • data management and archiving
  • statistical analysis and tools (including qualitative)
  • survey development and data collection
  • grant services
  • computing services and software training

Contact:

  • Paul Mihas consults on the following topics: qualitative research design, mixed methods research design, developing an interview (or focus group) guide, qualitative data collection, qualitative traditions (grounded theory, case study, narrative analysis, etc.), qualitative, software, qualitative analysis, and intercoder reliability.
  • Teresa Edwards provides consultation on survey design. She also teaches the Practicum in Survey Data Collection and several short courses at the Odum Institute's Certificate Program in Survey Methodology.

UNC Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core

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Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core

Services for Qualitative Researchers in the Health Sciences:

  • Qualitative methodology consulting and training
  • concept and proposal development
  • interview guide development
  • facilitation of qualitative research methods
  • data analysis and interpretation

Contact:

UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

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Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Services for Health Services Researchers:

The Sheps Center, like the Health Sciences Library, has librarians who can help you to search for articles or conduct a systematic review. This is not a service specifically for qualitative researchers, but can be useful to them.

Contact:

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Services for Qualitative Researchers in the Health Sciences:

  • refining study objectives, research questions and identifying key variables,
  • choosing the data collection methods and instruments that will best accomplish the investigator’s objectives,
  • designing interview and focus group guides that are appropriate for the study design,
  • developing formative and process evaluation data collection forms
  • training interview moderator and assistants
  • conducting interviews and focus groups
  • preparing the qualitative analysis section of a grant proposal and/or study protocol,
  • managing and preparing qualitative data for analysis,
  • conducting and interpreting qualitative analyses of research data, and
  • reporting research results, including development of abstracts, presentations for professional meetings, and manuscripts submitted to professional journals.

Contact:

Dr. Maihan B Vu, QRU Director
Director or Formative Research and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education
Email: mvu@email.unc.edu
Phone: 919-966-9793

North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute at UNC

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North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute

Services for Qualitative Researchers:

The NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute is our local CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Awards) program.

  • training on and help with recruiting study participants
  • assistance for faculty with identifying collaborators and forming thematic research groups
  • services through Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship (CARES):
    • reviewing grant proposals
    • finding collaborators with expertise in Dissemination and Implementation Science
    • identifying grant sources for projects in dissemination and implementation
    • assistance with engaging communities and stakeholders
    • training on engaged scholarship, research methods, and capacity-building

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