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.
statistical analysis and tools (including qualitative)
survey development and data collection
computing services and software training
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 Connected Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core
Services for Qualitative Researchers in the Health Sciences:
CHAI Qualitative Services include:
Qualitative Methodology Consulting and Training
Concept and Proposal Development
Interview Guide Development
Facilitation of Qualitative Research Methods
Usability Testing and Cognitive Testing, Telephone and In-Person Interviews, Focus Groups, Observational Studies
Data Analysis and Interpretation
Key Summary and In-Depth Reports
Peer-Reviewed Scientific Manuscript Preparation Support
Design Services: CHAI offers high quality graphic design for web-based, mobile, and print interventions. Researchers choose from a range of custom developed designs to best meet their study goals. Products include cohesive intervention materials such as:
Project Branding Toolkit
Recruitment and Presentation Materials
Graphics enhancing site navigation and educational messaging
Development Services: CHAI's development team specializes in website and application development for intervention research using the latest technology in mobile, computer, wearable, and multimedia applications. CHAI maintains data security requirements commensurate with UNC School of Medicine while providing
Interactive Data Collection
iPhone and Android apps
3rd Party API integration
Client-controlled Content Management Features
More: Grant Submissions, Intervention Development, Survey Programming and Integration, Concierge (help connecting researchers with outside vendors who offer a range of complementary services).
Services for Qualitative Researchers in the Health Sciences: The mission of the QRU is to provide support to investigators from the Center, all five UNC health affair schools, and the North Carolina public health community in the planning, conducting, evaluating, reporting and disseminating of their qualitative research projects. Services include these:
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.
Additional Services: HPDP’s Cores and Units work together to provide comprehensive support to all our research projects.
Business and Finance Management
Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance Core
Communications and Dissemination Core
Data Capture Unit
Qualitative Research Unit
Dr. Maihan B Vu, QRU Director
Director or Formative Research and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education
North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute at UNC
The NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute is UNC's CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Awards) program. In addition to providing broad support to clinical and translational research, the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Program (formerly CARES) offers expertise, guidance, and support related specifically to community-engaged qualitative research. Services are bilingual (English and Spanish) and include:
Guidance on concept and proposal development
Guidance on qualitative data collection methods
Review of grant proposals
Support in the collection and analysis of qualitative data
Training and assistance with identifying potential research stakeholders and participants
Laboratory Capabilities: The Carolina Survey Research Laboratory (CSRL), originally the Survey Research Unit (SRU), provides expertise in the areas of survey and questionnaire design as well as data collection. Works under grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to offer the following services:
The Sheps Center Library houses some pertinent reference materials, including basic statistical and demographic reference works; classic health services texts, North Carolina, AMA, and AHA guides; directories; and the Sage series on research. The Library also contains a special grey literature file compiled over the lifetime of the Center, the Rural/Policy Literature file, a file that held classic and ephemeral materials pertaining to rural health and health policy.
Librarians support the activities of the Sheps Center. and are generally available for quick consultation and routine requests, such as help with finding full-text articles, especially those related to health services research. The librarians are key staff for RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center research contracts (from topic refinements and white papers to full systematic reviews) and similar research projects. If your group would like Library and Information Services staff to work on a systematic review-level project, please consult with Christiane Voisin and with an appropriate Sheps Center Business Office contact to request staff time.
Librarians also send monthly emails listing health services research and public health funding opportunities culled from Grants.gov (grants.gov) and InfoEd SPIN (https://spin.infoedglobal.com/Home/SOLRSearch) to the Sheps Center and its collaborators. Please contact librarians if you would like assistance with setting up personalized funding email alerts.
An important aspect of Carter Thought Lab is the services our personnel can provide for scholars who are engaged in educational or other social science research. Support and consultation is available for qualitative research projects (or the qualitative dimensions of those projects utilizing mixed methods) at all stages of development in the following areas:
refining aspects of the study proposal: objectives, research questions, data collection methods and instruments, etc.
designing protocols for interviews and focus groups of all types that align with the proposal
training interviewers and focus group moderators
managing and preparing qualitative data for analysis (including transcription of interviews)
assisting with the coding, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative data
preparing reports on the results of the research project
preparing grant proposals involving qualitative research
If you are interested in discussing the specific aspects and needs of your own qualitative research project, or if you have general questions about the services provided as part of the Carter Thought Lab, please contact Director Dr. Sherick Hughes.