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Qualitative Data: Take Two! Feedback & Next Steps

May 2015

London East Spring S.I.M. session

Identify and discuss a variety of data sources and data collection methods;

Explore how contextual variables influence the selection of sources and methods;

Engage in analysing different types of qualitative data;

Discuss how to use and share information.


Participant Feedback (Based on 24 responses)

Relevance of Topics to Role

Identifying sources of data

Methods of collecting data

Analysing qualitative data

Using qualitative data to inform programming/practice

of people said very to entirely relevant

92% - 96%

"This session helped me to think deeply about my data collection... where/how to collect it to inform my next steps.  This was a burning issue for me..."

-- Participant

Outcomes of Session







Percentage of people who said the session caused them to think more deeply about the following:

* Participants selected 4 to 6 on 6 point scale where  1 = Not at all and 6 = Entirely


Identifying the purpose of data collection

Factors that influence the selection of data sources & methods of collecting data

Systematic analysis of qualitative data

Factors that influence the interpretation of data

Using information to inform programming/practice

Sharing information with stakeholders

^ There was insufficient time in the session to explicitly discuss this topic



Sharing/discussing learning and ideas with colleagues

Participant Learning & Next Steps

Participants described their next steps in learning about and/or using qualitative data...

Being more intentional and systematic when planning and implementing the collection and analyses of data

Finding ways to collect ongoing and "authentic" data

Learning more about and using pedagogical documentation

"Being very strategic about what data to collect and how..."

"I need to apply more effectively what I've learned...and spread the word to my peers"

"...making better use of the data I have collected"

Facilitator Learning & Next Steps

Thank you for your participation in the session and feedback.  Based on your comments and suggestions we have created this summary, which includes links to some helpful resources and some considerations for moving forward.

Helpful Resources

Collecting Evaluation Data:  An Overview of Sources and Methods

Questionnaire Design

Analyzing Qualitative Data

Myths and misconceptions about using qualitative methods in assessment

Think differently with qualitative approaches

Qualitative Data in an evidence-based environment (workshop summary & helpful links)

Ideas for Moving Forward

Develop and facilitate a series of online webinars.

Possible topics (identified from feedback):

1.  Developing questions

3. Mobilizing knowledge

2. Practice coding & synthesis

Create an online community knowledge exchange for educators regarding collection, analyses and use of qualitative data.

Want to share your thoughts/ideas with us?

Ann McKerlie - [email protected]

Jackie Wood -  [email protected]

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