Innovations in Rapid Turn-around Qualitative Research

Rapid turn-around qualitative research is typically characterized by targeted research questions, strategic methods selection, and defined deliverables, due to stakeholders within a short timeframe. In many fields, demand for this type of qualitative research is growing, as are techniques and strategies for conducting this type of research while maintaining depth of inquiry and rigor. This course complements the introductory course that has been offered by ResearchTalk for almost a decade. We begin this course with a concise review of Dr. Hamilton’s approach to designing and executing rapid turn-around qualitative research. We will then focus on building additional analytic skills to move beyond early stages of data review and condensation to more emergent and synthesizing techniques for exploring conceptual bridges and connective threads across data.

The following analytic issues will be addressed using a varied set of examples:

  • integrating conceptual or theoretical frameworks into rapid analysis;
  • conducting team-based rapid analysis;
  • exploring themes in rapid analysis;
  • moving from rapid analysis to other analytic tools (e.g., diagrams, codes);
  • fostering and maintaining rigor; and
  • synthesizing and presenting rapid analysis results in different types of deliverables (e.g., reports, summaries, presentations, manuscripts).

Limitations of rapid analysis will be discussed, as will innovations, such as adaptations for large datasets, data visualization techniques, and comparisons to other analytic approaches. We will also explore future directions in this type of research.

Participants will be provided with materials and bibliographies to support the practice of rapid turn-around qualitative research. The course will draw on material from:

  • Maietta, R., Mihas, P., Swartout, K., Petruzzelli, J., & Hamilton, A. B. (2021). Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: Let the Data Be Your Guide, An Applied Approach to Working With, Learning From, and Privileging Qualitative Data. Qualitative Report26(6), 2045-2060.
  • Hamilton, A., Finley, E. (2019). Qualitative Methods in Implementation Research: An Introduction. Psychiatry Research, Oct; 280:112516.