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Making Sense of Qualitative Data: Coding Strategies

Brown Bag
Tuesday 12 June 2012

Location: Baines Wing, G.42

The Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet) invited PhD students and early career researchers across the disciplines to attend a Brown Bag Lunch Series designed to explore different methods of doing research in lower middle income countries and to discuss ongoing research projects. This session discussed different approaches available for coding qualitative data, (in particular interviews and fieldnotes) and techniques to define categories that run across a data set.

Please see below for a handout containing coding strategies that came out of this session.


Coding Strategies [PDF: 107.32 KB]

What is a Brown Bag Lunch?

A Brown Bag Lunch is a loosely organised meeting, aimed at capturing issues of current interest.  Each meeting will include a 5-15 minutes ‘kick-start’ presentation followed by a 50 minutes discussion session. It is a great opportunity to network, to share concerns, and to discuss ongoing research.

Why is it called Brown Bag Lunch Series?

The seminars are held around lunchtime. Participants bring their lunch or tea along.

What are the topics?

Our Brown Bag Seminars will focus on the more practical aspects of doing research. This may involve the discussions of research methods and software, of particular studies or data fragments, conceptual ideas or strategies for fieldwork research. Gain insight into new and different ways of doing research by hearing what is and is not working for your peers.

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