This two-day workshop introduces the participants to the basics of qualitative content analysis, a method for the analysis and interpretation of the content of text (and visual materials) through systematic coding and pattern finding. Often used in social science research (often in the form of thematic analysis), it is a flexible method that can be used in a variety of ways: inductively or deductively (or most often a combination of both), for cross- and within-case analysis, in a more positivist or a more interpretive spirit, and in connection with a variety of theoretical approaches. Finally, it can be carried out manually, or with the assistance of a software. Intuitive in nature, it nevertheless requires clear and explicit analytic strategies to be carried out properly and to carry the analysis beyond simple description.
This workshop introduces QCA both as a method in its own right, and as a base method that everyone interested in qualitative data analysis (including less formalised approaches such as discourse or narrative analysis) should be aquainted with (as its analytic procedures are at the core of other types of qualitative analysis as well, although in a modified and less visible way).
This workshop is intended participants who have little background in qualitative data analysis. Participants to the subsequent Discourse Analysis workshop who would have little or not background in qualitative data analysis may want to consider taking the qualitative content analysis workshop as preparation.