The research methods landscape continues to rapidly adapt and evolve. In response to these changes, looking at developments, challenges and new focuses within research methods, SAGE attended the Annual Qualitative Research Methods Conference, a forum to discuss and debate changes in the field of research methods this month as well as facilitating key conversations around qualitative research online.
Find out more about our responses to the changing field of research methods below:
Following the Annual Qualitative Methods Conference that took place in Glasgow May 3-5, we shared a reflective post looking at the key highlights and hot topics discussed at the conference including collaborative qualitative research, relational research methodology, and alternative and new media research. With a theme of collaboration, the conference focused on how qualitative research can work across communities and cultures to further research effectiveness, give voice to relevant stakeholders, and bridge gaps between people, places, and ideas. Read the post here.
At Congress 2016, held May 28-June 3, we hosted the workshop Can we all get along? Bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide. In this workshop, speakers Alex Clark of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Michael Young of Royal Roads University, and Ian Milligan of the University of Waterloo shared their tips on how researchers could select the type of research method (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods) that best suited their needs.
As with methods, researchers also have a lot of options to choose from when determining the best way to present their data. Our new MethodSpace webinar, Learn the essentials of data visualization, was designed to cover some of these varied approaches. Taking place on June 10 at 11am EST, the webinar will feature SAGE authors Stephanie Evergreen, a US-based expert on using research to present data effectively, and Andy Kirk, a UK-based apostle for better designed data visualization. Register here.
Janet Salmons, a fellow SAGE author and the latest MethodSpace blogger wrote the post, Online Research: Holistic Thinking and Qualitative Design. In this post Janet discusses how communication choices are essential when we are planning to conduct empirical research online. As an aid to making these strategic decisions, Janet explores the Qualitative E-Research Framework (Salmons, 2015, 2016, 2012) a way to think holistically about the inter-related facets of online qualitative research. Read the full piece here. (For a taste of her new book, Doing Qualitative Research Online, see Chapter 1 here).
Janet will discuss further discuss this topic in a new MethodSpace webinar taking place June 15th at 9 a.m. PST/4 p.m. GMT. To register for her webinar, Getting Started: Online Qualitative Research Design Basics, please click here.
We have a lot to look forward to during the month of June, including free access to all of our journal methods content. Sign up for your free access here.
“The changing field of research methods’ series will be part of a monthly SAGE research methods update, focusing on developments in the field, engagement in key debates, innovative new products and publications as well as top tips for those working with new and emerging research methods techniques. Find previous posts here.