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POSTPONED Introduction to Making Sense of Qualitative Research


Plymouth Science Park
8th July 2020
9:30 - 1:30 pm
Category: General


** Please note that in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation this workshop has now been postponed. This will be rescheduled as and when it is possible to do so. Thank you for your understanding.

For any queries or if you would like to be added to our Making Sense of Evidence mailing list to be notified of when the workshop is rescheduled please get in touch at Thank you for your interest in the Making Sense of Evidence programme.

PenARC Free Introduction to Making Sense of Qualitative Research workshop

Wednesday 8th July 2020 9.30 – 1.30 pm

Plymouth Science Park

At PenARC we believe that better health and care can be provided to patients and the public by making decisions that are based on evidence.

This half-day Making Sense of Qualitative Research workshop is open to all health and social care professionals and assumes little prior knowledge of qualitative research. It will serve as a useful introduction for people who have had no formal qualitative research training and a refresher for people who have had some formal training. It aims to support your ability to interpret and use qualitative research evidence in research papers so that you can make effective health and social care decisions.

During our Introduction to Making Sense of Qualitative Research workshop:

We will introduce the basic principles of qualitative research and how it differs from quantitative research.

Using entertaining practical examples participants engage in learning about the meaning of experience and how this is important for understanding health problems.

Specific topics include:

  • Why qualitative research evidence is important
  • Theory and methods in qualitative research
  • Quality criteria
  • Interviewing and thematic analysis
  • Critical appraisal of qualitative studies

In this session we support participants to consider a clinical question and examine how this might be answered by a qualitative research study.  

Through discussion participants gain confidence in reading and understanding qualitative research studies.  By using a critical appraisal check list participants learn short cuts in this process.  Finally, these new skills are used to decide how the qualitative evidence can be used to answer the clinical question.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Breakdown a clinical question
  • Critically appraise a qualitative study
  • Use a checklist
  • Apply research evidence to clinical questions

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Our Making Sense of Evidence (MSE) workshops are designed to teach you how to find and use evidence to make effective health and social care decisions and are open to all clinicians, allied health professionals, managers, and other health and care colleagues interested in improving their critical thinking.

To find out how our Making Sense of Evidence Modules can assist you in your work please visit our MSE Modules page for more information.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive detail of all workshops on the Making Sense of Evidence programme please email us at

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team with any questions.

Making Sense of Evidence Team
NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) Tel: +44 (0) 1392 726060 (Ext: 6060)

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