Last week, I attended the 2-day seminar Foundations of Qualitative Data Analysis which took place in the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain). This seminar was bilingual with all taught content and exercises in English and group plenary, discussions, and questions in the language attendees were most comfortable with (English, Spanish and Catalan).

The teacher was Marie-Hélène Paré, a Consultant in Qualitative Data Analysis of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Marie-Hélène Paré is a social scientist with a background in international social work. She was educated in Quebec, Beirut and Oxford. Her substantive areas of research are participatory policy and research, harmful traditional practices affecting women’s health, and humanitarian mental health programmes. Between 2005 and 2008, while working on her thesis at Oxford University, she introduced and taught the course on qualitative analysis with NVivo at the OUCS. Since 2009 she teaches the course Analysing Text, Sound and Image with NVivo at the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


The course’s learning objectives were to:

  1. Review problems and misconceptions about qualitative analysis
  2. Situate the role that data analysis plays in a qualitative study
  3. Understand that coding is both a de- and re-contextualising task
  4. Distinguish between types and purposes of retrieval techniques
  5. Communicate qualitative findings effectively
  6. Assess malpractices in qualitative analysis in published studies

On the other hand, I found out new reference resources, such as:

  • Bazeley, P. (2009). Analysing Qualitative Data: More Than Identifying Themes. Malaysian Journal of Qualitative Research, 2(2), 6-22. Open access at link.
  • Coffey, A., & Atkinson, P. (1996). Concepts and Coding (Chapter 2 [pp.26-45]). Making Sense of Qualitative Data. Thousand Oaks: Sage
  • Tesch, R. (1990). The Mechanics of Interpretational Qualitative Analysis (Chapter 10 [pp.113-124). Qualitative Research: Analysis Types and Software Tools. New York: Falmer Press
  • Crewel, J.W. (2013). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design
    Choosing Among Five Approaches Third Edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage

If you are interested to enroll to this course, you have two options:

  1. To wait until the next edition of this 2-day course at SAIC (UAB – Barcelona). Dates to be determined.
  2. To wait until the next edition of this 1-week course at ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques (University of Ljubljana) between 23 July and 8 August 2015