Rapid Qualitative Inquiry - Not-for-credit Course

RAPID QUALITATIVE INQUIRY: Applied Team-Based Qualitative Research. Four-hour participatory workshop.

Workshop Fee $50
Date and Time: April 8, 2017, Noon to 4:00 pm
Location: SMSU 298, Portland State University
Facilitator: James Beebe, Ph.D., Department Affiliate
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APPLIED TEAM-BASED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
FOUR-HOUR PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP
GOAL OF INCREASING UNDERSTANDING
RIGOROUS, NOT RIGID
RAPID, NOT RUSHED
BASED ON PARTICIPANTS’ STORIES
NOT ANSWERS TO RESEARCHERS’ QUESTIONS

Participatory workshop on team-based Rapid Qualitative Inquiry (RQI) focused on how RQI differs from traditional qualitative research and from Rapid Assessment Process (RAP) in terms of speed, flexibility, use of technology to speed-up and improve the process, ethics, and relationship to case-study, participatory and action research with special focus on ways to increase rigor. Will include practice team interviewing and analysis. Participants are encouraged to contact beebe@gonzaga.edu, and visit the Rapid Qualitative Inquiry web site.

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Practitioners who need timely results for program and policy planning and students who need a guide for realistic and rigorous qualitative research projects will find solutions in Rapid Qualitative Inquiry (RQI). RQI is a team-based, applied research method designed to quickly develop, usually in less than several weeks, an insider’s perspective on and a preliminary understanding of a situation. RQI substitutes team work for long-term field work; combines data from multiple sources; and uses cycles of data collection, data analysis, and additional data collection. RQI is based on techniques and concepts from ethnography and case study research. RQI is a type of Rapid Assessment Process (RAP) and the terms Rapid Qualitative Inquiry and Rapid Assessment Process can usually be interchanged. Rapid does not mean rushed. Rigorous RQI depends upon flexibility rather than an arbitrary list of techniques. 

James Beebe is a social activist and an applied social scientist; a practitioner whose more than 20 years of field experience includes service as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID, researcher, and consultant in developing countries; and an educator whose more than 20 years of experience in higher education includes service as a Professor of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University from1996 to 2013. As of 2016 he was doing research, was the Director of the Center for Rapid Qualitative Inquiry in Portland Oregon, and was a Departmental Affiliate in the anthropology department at Portland State University.

Optional Book: Beebe 2014. Rapid Qualitative Inquiry: A Field Guide to Team-Based Assessment, Second Edition.  Lanham MD: Rowman & Littefield. 258 pp. Includes: key points for chapters, resources and references, examples of two reports, identification of more than 200 reports based on the methodology, Available at the Portland State University bookstore and will be available at the workshop.

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