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The Rapid Research, Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) has several courses which are taking place online and are available to book via the UCL online store.

Introductory courses all priced at £65 and advanced courses £55 each with 50 slots available on each course date.

Introduction to rapid qualitative research

20 January 2023

10:00-14:00

An introduction to the range of approaches used in rapid qualitative research including rapid appraisals, rapid ethnographic assessments (REAs), rapid qualitative inquiry (RQI), rapid evaluations and rapid ethnographies. Course participants will work with real research cases and design their own rapid study. Additional resources will also be provided at the end of the course. Delivered by Prof Cecilia Vindrola. 

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Introduction to rapid evaluation

3 February 2023

10:00-14:00

This course provides an introduction to a wide range of approaches used in the design and implementation of rapid qualitative evaluations. It provides an overview of rapid evaluation approaches, including rapid evaluation methods (REM), rapid feedback evaluations (RFE), rapid cycle evaluations (RCE) and rapid appraisals (RA). It also discusses the contributions and limitations of rapid evaluations, identifying instances when are these approaches suitable. Additional resources will also be provided at the end of the course. Delivered by Prof Cecilia Vindrola.

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Introduction to rapid ethnography

24 February

2023

10:00-14:00

This course provides an introduction to a wide range of approaches used in rapid research with a focus on rapid ethnography. The course provides an overview of rapid ethnographies conducted as a “lone researcher” or as part of a team and includes examples of quick, short-term, focused and rapid ethnographies. Additional resources will also be provided at the end of the course. Delivered by Prof Cecilia Vindrola. 

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Team dynamics in rapid research and evaluation

24 March 2023

10:00-13:00

Many rapid qualitative research approaches rely on the use of teams of researchers to facilitate data collection and analysis. This course aims to explore the benefits and challenges of team-based rapid qualitative research as well as tools that have been developed to collect and analyse data as a team. Participants will also learn about techniques to train researchers, team-building activities and a model for team-based reflexivity developed by RREAL. Delivered by Prof Cecilia Vindrola. 

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Introducción a las investigaciones cualitativas rápidas y ágiles (En español)

3 de Marzo 2023 12:00-15:00 (hora Reino Unido)

El curso incluye una introducción a las investigaciones rápidas, incluyendo las valoraciones rápidas, etnografías rápidas y evaluaciones rápidas. El curso cubre un relevamiento general de las metodologías utilizadas hoy en día al igual que sus limitaciones y desafíos. El curso también contiene una descripción de los pasos a seguir en el diseño y la implementación de las investigaciones cualitativas rápidas, utilizando estudios de caso reales y enfocándose en los aspectos prácticos de las investigaciones. La Prof Cecilia Vindrola impartirá el curso en español. Libro de texto con más información: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/doing-rapid-qualitative-research/book269300

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scoping studies in rapid research and evaluation

17 March 2023 

10:00-13:00

Rapid qualitative studies often require an initial period of data collection or review of existing evidence to inform the study design and its scope. This initial period is commonly referred to as a “scoping study”. In this short course, we will briefly describe the benefits and key features of scoping studies carried out in the context of rapid research. We will discuss different types of scoping activities such as: rapid literature reviews or evidence syntheses, informal conversations with stakeholders, observations, documentary analysis and scoping workshops. We will use real world examples to demonstrate how these scoping activities can be used to inform the research questions, scope and dissemination plan of the study. We will also show examples of how we have used scoping studies to co-design rapid qualitative research with stakeholders. This course is suggested for participants with previous rapid qualitative research experience or those who have already attended our introductory courses. The course is delivered by Prof Vindrola and Dr Iqbal. 

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advanced rapid qualitative data analysis

10 March 2023 

10:00-13:00

This course covers techniques used to rapidly analyse qualitative data. We begin with a brief overview of the iterative nature of rapid qualitative research and the analysis of data as data collection is ongoing. We also discuss strategies that are commonly used to bypass or speed up transcription and the adaptation of data analysis methods for rapid study timeframes (i.e. rapid content analysis, table-based methods, text network analysis). This course is suggested for participants with previous rapid qualitative research experience or those who have already attended our introductory courses. The course is delivered by Dr Norha Vera San Juan. 

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Process/pathway mapping in rapid

qualitative research

31 March 2023

10:00-13:00 

This course introduces participants to an approach for process/pathway mapping that we have tailored to the time and funding constraints of rapid qualitative research. This approach combines collaborative team meetings with rapid data collection and analysis (mainly in the form of interviews and observations) to map processes used in organisations or the stages involved in clinical pathways. We will use examples from our own research to describe each step of the mapping process. Participants will also have time to reflect on how to adapt this approach to their own studies. This course is suggested for participants with previous rapid qualitative research experience or those who have already attended our introductory courses. The course is delivered by Prof Vindrola.

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Introduction to RREAL sheets 
 

21 April 2023

11:00-12:00 (GMT)

An introduction to RREAL Sheets used in rapid qualitative research methods to collect and synthesise data as these are being collected. In this one-hour course, participants will work with real research cases to develop their own RREAL sheet. They will learn the different stages of design, use and frequent adaptations. Additional resources will also be provided at the end of the course. Delivered by Prof Cecilia Vindrola.

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RREAL bespoke training

Can't find what you are looking for? Don't worry, at RREAL we work with partners and clients to design training programmes that suit their needs:

  • Selecting some of the courses above to develop a tailored training programme.

  • Adapting the course content to different timeframes or formats. 

  • Developing new courses.

  • Adjusting the course content to specific projects.

To date, we have trained teams based in:

  • Public Health England (PHE) (UK)

  • VA Hospitals (USA)

  • University of Barcelona (Spain)

  • University of Santiago (Chile)

  • Collaborative Solutions Targeting Antimicrobial Resistance Threats in the Health System (CoSTAR-HS)

  • Swiss Centre for International Health (Switzerland)

  • University of Basel (Switzerland)

  • NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I)

  • Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)