Online training


Online training
BYO computer, your house, your address


11 Jan 2021


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Getting personal with existing qualitative data: the fundamentals of data re-use and qualitative secondary analysis

This Advanced Qualitative Methods training is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded students within the seven WRDTP partner institutions. Students are welcome from all seven interdisciplinary Pathways.

This workshop will introduce students to the possibilities and potentials afforded by the re-use of existing qualitative data. Using a combination of presentations and group-based activities, this workshop will provide an opportunity for you to discuss approaches to the reuse and analysis of archived qualitative data, as well as hands on practical experience of working with data. Data analysis activities will be  structured around short presentations that focus on introducing qualitative secondary data analysis and key debates; the ethics of qualitative secondary analysis and data sharing; an introduction to the Timescapes Archive as an exemplar of an archive; and an overview of new methodological strategies in qualitative secondary analysis.

Students attending this session will gain:

  • An understanding of developments in the qualitative data landscape, including new data infrastructures and investments
  • An understanding of the critical histories of the field of data re-use and qualitative secondary analysis and the key terms and debates used to explain them
  • The ability to identify the potential for, and the challenges of, re-using archived research data
  • An awareness of the variety of analytical and reflexive strategies that can be employed and advanced when working intimately with existing qualitative data
  • Learn where they can access data with potential application to their studies.

Please see below a reading list and a section of data pre-prepared for the purposes of secondary analysis.

Essential Readings

Tarrant, A. and Hughes, K. (forthcoming) ‘Qualitative data re-use and secondary analysis: researching in and about a crisis’, In: Kara, H. and Khoo, S-M. (eds) Research Methods in Times of Crisis, Policy Press: Bristol.

Hughes, K. and Tarrant, A. (2020) ‘Introduction to Qualitative Secondary Analysis’, in: Hughes, K. and Tarrant, A. (eds.) Qualitative Secondary Analysis, London: Sage.

James, A. (2012) Seeking the analytic imagination: reflections on the process of interpreting qualitative data, Qualitative Research, 13 (5): 562-577.

PLEASE NOTE: Our online training sessions will be recorded and will be available on the VIRE in an edited format for those students who cannot attend. If you wish to join this session but do not wish for your contributions to be included in the edited VIRE resource, please ensure that you select NO when prompted in the online booking form regarding recording.