National Centre for Research Methods



'Using new technologies in qualitative research'
University of Bristol, 19 June 2007

Drawing upon a successful interdisciplinary seminar on the use of new technologies in qualitative research in April 2006 this workshop will provide hands-on practical experiences in using different technologies and equipment for the collection of qualitative data. Primarily focussed on the collection of visual and audio data this workshop will consider a variety of different aspects of the research process, including the capture, archiving, storage, sharing and cost of using different equipment. Although the focus of the workshop is on the collection of qualitative data some attention will be given to the use of new technology in analysing and representing qualitative data

Target Audience

Although the workshop will be open to all qualitative researchers it is intended that the primary audience for this will be principal investigators and project managers with specific responsibility in the planning, costing and purchase of equipment and hardware to undertake qualitative research

Delivery of the workshop

The workshop will involve a combination of hands-on practical exercises, presentations and discussion. The practical exercises will be based around small-group experiments in the use of different recording devices, followed by interactive discussion and evaluation amongst participants. The workshop will also involve problem-solving tasks in order to identify the advantages and disadvantages of the different recording devices, and how these characteristics can be used in research project design and management. The workshop intends to use the interactive and experimental sessions to generate more sustainable resources for wider dissemination amongst qualitative researchers.


To obtain a draft programme for the event click here.

Venue Details

Univeristy of Bristol. Click here for directions to the University

Details of accommodation in and around Bristol can be found here

Booking details

We are now taking bookings for this workshop. To download a registration form, click here.


This event is open to all researchers, including postgraduate students and non-academic researchers. The fee for this workshop is £20 for UK registered Post Graduate students, £40 for staff at a UK academic institution, ESRC funded researcher or registered charity organisation. For all other delegates the fee is £175 per day. Fees include course materials, lunch and refreshments. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with travel or other related costs.

Cancellation and Refunds: A full refund will be given for cancellations in excess of 48 hours notice of an event. Please note that we cannot offer any refunds for places cancelled within 48 hours of the event.


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