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Qualitative and quantitative skills in practice: Developed in collaboration with Public Health Practitioners within Thames Valley Local Authorities. This programme is aimed at public health practitioners working in the Thames Valley region and is open to all members of public health teams interested in developing research skills. Sessions will be held ONLINE.

Session 1: Quantitative skills

Wednesday 6th July 9.30am-12.30am

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This session will cover survey and questionnaire projects from the design stage to analysis options. This training will introduce you to:

  • Deciding whether a survey is the right method for your project
  • Designing your data collection tools
  • Survey recruitment
  • Ideas for analysis

Wednesday 13th July       Follow up project surgery 9.30-11.00am

–  for advice on your own projects, or to listen to advice given to other practitioners on their projects. Details to be given during Session 1 training morning. Link to register as above.

Session 2: Qualitative skills

Wednesday 7th September 9.00am-12.00am

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This session will look at focus groups. Many people talk about using this method but they are deceptively difficult to get right. We will work through focus group projects, from choosing the method to deciding how to analyse and communicate the data. The session will cover:

  • Deciding on the right questions and research methods to collect qualitative data
  • Planning a focus group study
  • Recruitment and moderating focus groups
  • Analytical options to consider

Wednesday 28th September Follow up project surgery 9.30-11.00am

–  for advice on your own projects, or to listen to advice given to other practitioners on their projects. Details to be given during Session 2 training morning. Link to register as above.

 

Both sessions will be led by Dr Sarah Howcutt, Principal Lecturer in Public Health at Oxford Brookes University.

Sarah's research is on how we encourage more young women from lower socioeconomic groups to take part in health surveys. Her work has used focus groups to explore survey response behaviour to explore how young women react to different stages of a survey research project. At Oxford Brookes University, Sarah teaches epidemiology, data analysis, research methods and scientific writing.