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Introductory Course on Qualitative Research Methodology

Hosted by: icddr,b

Date: 25 Aug 13 to 05 Sep 13

Location: Seminar Room-1, Sasakawa International Training Centre, icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Evidence oriented scientific arena today relies heavily on numbers. However, there are areas specially those related to complex ways of human thinking and behaviour in real life situations need an additional approach to be explored. Relevant numbers are simply not adequate and may not reach the deeper aspect of multifaceted human interactions and intricate phenomena associated with. Consequently, many solutions formulated through merely reducing numbers appear ineffective. Qualitative research methodology allows a researcher to have an in depth understanding of such real life complexities and assists to come up with solution that could be more cost effective. This introductory course would equip a researcher with tools and approaches necessary for such exploration and understanding. It will primarily imprint an overview of qualitative research as an independent scientific method of investigation in the cognitive domain.      

Qualitative Research Method


Course description and objectives
This short course has been developed for beginners who are currently involved in research and are interested to apply qualitative methods in their area of work. Throughout the course, basic philosophy of applying qualitative perspectives along with pertinent issues of qualitative research methods and applicability of various instruments of gathering qualitative data in systematic, scientific and ethical ways will be discussed. In addition, field visits will be arranged to gather first-hand experiences on data collection, data management and analysis. Software for qualitative data analysis and generating references will be briefly demonstrated.
Expected outcome
Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to obtain a basic understanding of qualitative research methods by realizing its importance and relevance to the field of research. It is anticipated that participants would learn to prepare a research concept note by using qualitative research methods.
Approach to the course
The course includes lectures, discussions and computer sessions. All lectures will be participatory and interactive in nature. Participants will be divided into several groups and will be requested to participate in various in-class group assignments. Several relevant literatures will be distributed and participants will be able to raise issues of their concerns. Due to time limit, this course will provide only a basic understanding of computer assisted data analysis procedure. However, it will be supplemented with field visit and incorporation of reflections from the field visit

Evaluation process
The course evaluation will be conducted by applying largely qualitative method.

Course duration:
Two weeks. Sessions are normally conducted from  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all week days (Sunday through Thursday). But at times it may continue beyond this. A substantial amount of reading and preparatory work will be necessary during evenings and on week-ends.

Course Content

  • Concept of Qualitative Research
  • Qualitative research design
  • Sampling in qualitative research
  • Data collection techniques
  • Ethics in qualitative research
  • Preparation of a concept note applying qualitative research methods
  • Preparing qualitative data collection guideline
  • Preparing field notes and transcripts
  • Qualitative data management and analysis
  • Computer assisted qualitative data analysis (ATLAS.ti)
  • Validity and reliability of qualitative data
  • Writing scientific article and Writing qualitative research articles
  • Web browsing for scientific purposes and Referencing using EndNote

Faculty members
The course is taught largely by a group of  researchers from the various scientific divisions of the Centre.

Training materials
Comprehensive hand-outs are given to the participants.

Target group
Medical graduates or Master’s in biological/health sciences or social sciences are preferred for the course.

Number of participants
It is intended to accept a maximum of 18 participants per batch.

Course fee 
The course fee for the locals is Tk. 7000 (Taka Seven Thousand) for the individual and Tk.10000 (Taka Ten Thousand) for the institutional Participants and for international participants the course fee will be US $ 300 to cover the cost of training materials, faculty time, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, and certificate of participation. However, travel costs, medical insurance, other meals and accommodation are not included in the course fee. The course fee is payable on notification of acceptance preferably by wire transfer or bank draft in favour of icddr,b (bank details will be provided with acceptance letter). Admission will be confirmed only when the fee is received.

Selection of participants
In general, participants will be selected based on their pre-requisite qualifications and first come first serve basis, however, institutional and female participant will get preference.  Only selected participants will be notified by email or over telephone.

How to apply 
Please fill in the downloadable application form and send it to Dr. Md. Manirul Islam  at ted@icddrb.org on or before the day 3 weeks prior to the course starts. Applications should accompany a CV and employed persons should apply through their employer.

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