QUAL is a UW-wide initiative launched in response to pressing demand for qualitative research design and methods training in the social sciences. QUAL aims to promote and systematize training in qualitative research methods and to build a community of qualitative multi-method researchers. The Initiative has the support of the Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and is guided by a Steering Committee of social science faculty at the University of Washington.
QUAL Steering Committee
Saadia Pekkanen, International Studies; Law
Daniel Bessner, International Studies; History
Kirsten Foot, Communication
James Long, Political Science
Steve Pfaff, Sociology
James Pfeiffer, Global Health; Anthropology
Michael Townsend, Law
QUAL offers a Speaker Series – free and open to the UW community. In autumn and spring quarters the Initiative offers Workshops, hands-on tutorials using qualitative data analysis (QDA) software. The QUAL Concentration is intended for graduate students interested in furthering their qualitative research knowledge and skills.
A PDF of the 2-page QUAL Pamphlet can be downloaded here.