Research. Helping you to avoid being one of ‘those’ people

Have you ever found yourself reading a book where the author has summed things up so succinctly, so accurately and with so much pizzazz, that you find yourself nodding and agreeing out loud? … people have been looking at me very funny on public transport this week due to my constant agreement with John Steel’s, Truth,…

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A Qualitative Researcher’s travel kit

There’s a piece of paper that I have kept with me since my first job.  In my early years as a researcher, it was perhaps the most useful piece of paper I had – my list of ‘what to take’ when traveling for focus groups. Looking at it now, some parts are a little out…

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2012 QRCA Global Outreach Scholarships Open

I was lucky enough to receive this scholarship in 2011, and I can’t speak highly enough of the experience.   This is a fantastic opportunity for any qualitative researcher and I strongly recommend you apply.  I’m more than happy to chat to anyone who has questions about the application process or QRCA. – Victoria The Qualitative Research Consultants Association,…

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Help! I’m making a video!

Last week, I spent an exciting week learning how to use Sony Vegas.  Sony Vegas is video editing software, which I was using to edit footage of in-depth interviews I’d done a couple of weeks before. It’s been a while since I’ve done video outputs, but I’ve always found them fraught with disaster.  They are a real…

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A moderators new best friend

I had a great time in the US, learnt so much that I’m pretty much overwhelmed and don’t know where to start when it comes to sharing it all.  So, I thought I would start with my new toy… the Livescribe pen…   Where do I start?  This pen is so clever, I can’t believe…

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Curiouser & Curiouser: More on our paper for #AMSRS 2011 Conference

Over the past month or so, Jo Farquhar over at TNS Sydney and I have been putting the final touches on our paper and presentation on Online Qualitative Research for the AMSRS Curiouser & Curiouser Conference in September.  In the paper we’ve looked to provide some practical information around the ‘How to’s’ of Online Qual and what…

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Everything old is new again

I was watching Q and A last night (for those of you who are not based in Australia, Q and A is a panel program where various notables discuss the issues of the day – it is noteworthy for its use of twitter to engage the audience in discussion… but that’s another story). Anyway I…

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The Devil in the Details: Qualitative Recruitment Screeners

I was going through my archives of presentations, papers etc I’ve written over the years and stumbled on to a presentation I prepared on writing qual recruitment screeners. Boring, basic, who cares? Right? Well yes and no…. It is really my firm belief that the qual recruitment questionnaire is one of the most important parts…

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