Troubleshooting Workshop: Qualitative Study Design for Protocols/Applications inc Ethics Committees

PRACTICAL SESSION: Troubleshooting Workshop: Qualitative Study Design for Protocols/Applications inc Ethics Committees with Dr Krysia Canvin

9.30am-12.30pm, Weds 7 February 2018, Crewe



  1. To provide a supportive forum for group discussion, supported by the workshop leader
  2. To provide an opportunity for individuals to discuss with the group and workshop leader:
    • Their concerns and doubts about their study protocol/application
    • Feedback on their study protocol/application from a committee/reviewer/supervisor
  3. To work together to:
    • Identify ways to improve the study protocol/application
    • Formulate responses to critique
    • Identify ethical issues raised by their study and how to address them
  4. To facilitate peer-to-peer constructive criticism
  5. To provide opportunities for one-to-one questions and advice


At the end of the course, participants should:

  • Have identified weaknesses in their study design/protocol/application and formulated strategies to address them
  • Have improved ability to constructively criticise their own and others’ study design

The course does not cover:

  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • In-depth coverage of recruitment strategies (see forthcoming session)
  • Development of data collection tools (see forthcoming session)



Troubleshooting Workshop: Qualitative Study Design for Protocols/Applications inc Ethics Committees is a practical, interactive session suitable for individuals at any level who are willing to discuss their study protocol and to give and receive feedback. Participants should have a draft (or ‘finished’) protocol/application to bring along and discuss. Please contact me before booking a place to see if this workshop will be suitable for your needs, if:

  • You are developing a qualitative research study for the first time
  • You are highly experienced
  • You have a ‘rough’ or partial draft



The workshop will take place in a training room with an attached breakout area. The workshop will involve extensive discussion, led by participants but facilitated by the workshop leader. Feedback and suggestions for improvement strategies etc will be given by participants and the workshop leader and discussed as a group. There will be opportunity to speak privately to the workshop leader. Places will be limited to 6 people to facilitate an informal setting and ensure adequate time for everyone to receive feedback. Participants will be required to send a copy of their protocol/application to the workshop leader prior to the workshop and should bring copies along to the workshop to share with participants.



I have been a hands-on qualitative researcher for over 20 years. That means my day job consists of actually doing the research, not only supervising and/or lecturing (although I do some of that too). As a result, I have been involved in 15 qualitative projects (mostly as lead or sole researcher), interviewed hundreds of participants and analysed thousands of pages of data. I have written, contributed to and commented on numerous protocols and applications for ethics approval and research funding, and have reviewed applications for various funding bodies. I have authored/contributed to around 90 articles, reports, book chapters and presentations. I have worked at several prestigious universities: University of Oxford, University College London, University of Liverpool. In addition to providing bespoke qualitative research training, I have been teaching and supervising trainees using qualitative methods on the Oxford Clinical Psychology Doctorate for 9 years and receive consistently positive reviews.



EARLY BIRD: Booking deadline Friday 5 January 2018

  • £80* for half day

STANDARD: Booking deadline Friday 2 February 2018

  • £100* for half day

*Discounts available for multiple bookings (subject to availability)



Crewe, Cheshire (10 minute walk from mainline station)



To book please complete the form below.



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