Qualitative Research Methods Workshop Series

The Behavioral Science Core holds quarterly trainings each year in qualitative research methods. 

Overview of the Qualitative Methods Workshop Series

The Qualitative Methods Workshop Series is provided by the Behavioral Science Core on a quarterly basis (dates TBD each year). Kristin Beima-Sofie, MPH, PhD is the lead instructor for this series and is also available for technical assistance in qualitative research methods for grant writers.

  1. An introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: In this workshop, we provide an overview of qualitative methodology. We discuss when to use qualitative methods, how to define a study sample, and the difference between qualitative and quantitative research methods. This workshop will also present different examples of qualitative research projects, including the research questions used, research theory used, the study sample, and the qualitative research methods used.
  2. Interviews and Focus Groups: In this workshop, we provide a description of when and how to use interviews and focus groups in research studies. We will provide examples of interview and focus group guides, discuss logistics when planning interviews and focus groups, discuss facilitation skills, and practice conducting interviews and focus groups in small groups.
  3. Coding and Data Analysis: In this workshop, we describe the management and analysis of qualitative data. We practice coding and analyzing qualitative data by hand, and we present some of the different computer applications available for data analysis. A different workshop is available for a guided tour of Atlas.ti.
  4. Atlas.ti-A guided tour: In this workshop, attendees use computers to analyze sample qualitative data using the computer application, Atlas.ti. This is a beginner course, and advanced questions in the use of atlas.ti may not be covered.
  5. Writing Grant Applications that Incorporate Qualitative Methods: In this workshop, we provide guidance on how to use qualitative research methodology in grant applications. We describe mixed methods research methodology, we discuss when and why to use qualitative research methods in grants, and we present examples of the use of qualitative methods in the writing of grant application sections, including: specific aims, significance, approach, sampling, and human subjects.

Please contact cfar at uw.edu if you have any questions about the Qualitative Methods Workshop Series.

Resources for qualitative research are listed here.

Qualitative methods consultations

The CFAR also provides consultation for researchers using qualitative and mixed methods in HIV research, including qualitative methods, qualitative data analysis, and software.

Specific topics for consultation may include:

  • Qualitative research theory
  • Qualitative research methodology and study design
  • Mixed methods study design
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Software programs

To request a consultation on qualitative research methods, please contact cfar at uw.edu.

Past workshop audio and powerpoint slides


August 16, 2013: Writing Grant Applications that Incorporate Qualitative Research

November 4, 2013: An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

January 10, 2014: Interviews and Focus Groups

May 30, 2014: Coding and Data Analysis

Webinar Recordings

January 29, 2016: Video: Conducting Interviews and Focus Groups

August 16, 2013: AUDIO-Grant Applications and Qualitative Research

November 4, 2013: AUDIO-An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

January 10, 2014: AUDIO DOWNLOAD-Interviews and Focus Groups

Webinar on Community-based Participatory Research with Michele Andrasik

March 14, 2014: Webinar of Dr. Pearson's Lecture on Qualitative Methods

May 30, 2014: Webinar of Coding and Data Analysis

May 1, 2015: Webinar of An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Check out other Resources on the Resources Page!