Sept 23-25, 2019  |  Designing and Executing Qualitative Data Collection Projects

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the qualitative principles that inform project design and execution? Expand your knowledge of qualitative data collection techniques? Hone skills in coding and analysis?

Participants of this 2.5-day training will engage the life cycle of a qualitative study, from early brainstorming to final products, with attention to qualitative principles that shape each step and invite insights into the lives of participants. Those attending this course will become more confident in making decisions regarding qualitative design, data collection processes, and strategies for analysis and presentation.


Qualitative mentors/facilitators are Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH and Raymond C. Maietta, PhD from ResearchTalk, Inc. This workshop is designed to benefit professional research staff, research teams and individual researchers and is appropriate for new and continuing learners. Discussion topics will include:

  • Rationale for using qualitative methods: Why are qualitative methods necessary to address a particular research question(s)?

  • Study design: How does the design of a qualitative research project work to align study goals with effective data collection and preliminary strategies for analysis?

  • Data collection: How data collection methods can address research question(s), get closer to participants’ experiences, and drive data analysis?

  • Data analysis: What does it mean to “stay close to the data?” Why does it matter? 

  • Study products: Pre-identifying intended study products and determining how to “get there” from data collection and analysis


  • Day 1:  9:30am – 3:30pm (1-hour lunch break)

  • Session #1, 9:30am-12pm: Overview of principles and strategies for designing and executing qualitative projects
  • Session #2, 1-3:30pm: Preparing for data collection and fieldwork for qualitative projects
  • Day 2: 9:30am – 3:30pm  (1-hour lunch break)

  • Session #3, 9:30am-12pm: Practices, tips and strategies for qualitative and mixed methods data collection and fieldwork
  • Session #4, 1-3:30pm: Early phases of qualitative data analysis
  • Day 3: 9am – 11:30am

  • Session #5, 9:00am-11:30am: Moving toward presentation in qualitative projects

Each of the above five (5) sessions is organized as a standalone half-day offering, consisting of two 70-minute sessions. Participants can register for one, all five, or any combination.


  • Class size is limited to 40 participants. 
  • Registration will close by September 13, 2019 or when the workshop maximum is reached. A standby list will be maintained as needed.
  • Questions? Contact Lori Losee (317.274.9149; llosee@iupui.edu). Contact Lori with any special needs related to participation.


  • Registrants will receive a brief survey asking for detail on their current qualitative methods work.


  • The opening session for the workshop begins at 9:30am on Day 1.
  • The workshop ends at 11:30am on Day 3.
  • On-site, catered lunches will be available to participants on Days 1 and 2.
  • Host location is at Regenstrief Institute, Inc., 1101 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and near downtown Indianapolis.
  • Participants without IUPUI campus parking permits will receive daily parking validation to the Wilson Street Garage, adjacent to the Regenstrief building.


Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH is a Research Anthropologist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 18 years, sharing her expertise on rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, and mixed methods research.

She is the Director of the VA-funded EMPOWER (Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), focused on improving women Veterans’ health and health care through implementation science. She is Associate Director for Implementation Science and Director of the Qualitative Methods Group at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she serves on the editorial boards of Implementation Science and Women’s Health Issues. She currently leads two HSR&D-funded women’s health studies, including a four-year mixed methods study of women Veterans’ attrition from VA healthcare use and a multisite study of improving multilevel stakeholder engagement in women’s health services research.

Alison is a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift forthcoming publication.

Raymond C. Maietta, PhD is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting company based in Long Island, New York and Cary, North Carolina. A PhD.sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with postdoctoral training at Indiana University, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers.

More than 20 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs Dr. Maietta’s publications and a current methods book he is writing:

  • “Systematic Procedures of Inquiry and Computer Data Analysis Software for Qualitative Research,” co-authored with John Creswell, in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (Sage Publications, 2002)
  • “State of the Art: Integrating Software with Qualitative Analysis” in Applying Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Aging and Public Health Research, edited by Leslie Curry, Renee Shield, and Terrie Wetle (American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America, 2006).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (Social Science Research Council, 2008).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (Sage Publications, 2008).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (Sage Publications, April 2008)
  • “The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in Minority Research Engagement”, co-authored with Craig S. Fryer, Susan R. Passmore, et al., in Qualitative Health Research, March 13, 2015 (Sage Publications)
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift, (Guilford Press) in progress.

Ray’s work invites interactions with researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including public health, medical research, education, sociology and more.

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