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The Rapid Research, Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) has several courses which are taking place online Oct - Dec 2021 and are available to book via the UCL online store.

Introductory courses all priced at £55 and advanced courses £45 each with 30 slots available on each course date.

Introduction to rapid qualitative research

01 October 2021

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 Dr Cecilia Vindrola.

This course is currently FULL. To access the waiting list, please visit:

https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

Introduction to rapid evaluation

08 October 2021

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 Dr Cecilia Vindrola.

Seats are currently available for this course. Please register at: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

Introduction to rapid ethnography

15 October 2021

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 Dr Cecilia Vindrola.

Seats are currently available for this course. Please register at: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

Team dynamics in rapid qualitative research  *New for Autumn 2021*

22 October 2021

11:00-14:00

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 Dr Cecilia Vindrola. 

Seats are currently available for this course. Please register at: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

Big Social Data and data visualisation in rapid response and applied health research

*New for autumn 2021*

29 October 2021

15:00-18:00

Social media has risen in popularity as a source of free public data. This session will explore the potential of using social media as data in applied health research. The course includes an overview of free online tools that can be used to easily collect and visualise data from social media, including examples from recent research projects carried out during the pandemic. Participants will break into small groups to discuss possibilities for adapting or designing remote research that uses social media data. The course is delivered by Dr Sam Martin (University of Oxford).

Seats are currently available for this course. Please register at: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

scoping studies in rapid qualitative research

05 November 2021

14:00-17:00

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.

Seats are currently available for this course. Please register at: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

advanced rapid qualitative data analysis

12 November 2021

11:00-14:00

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.

This course is currently FULL. To access the waiting list, please visit:

https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

Process/pathway mapping in rapid

qualitative research

19 November 2021

11:00-14:00

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.

Seats are currently available for this course. Please register at: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

Rapid qualitative research During humanitarian emergencies 

*New for Autumn 2021*

01 December 2021

11:00-14:00

This course aims to provide attendees with the skills required to implement rapid qualitative 

research approaches in the context of health emergencies managed within the humanitarian system. Participants will learn to apply and adapt rapid qualitative methods through deeper understanding of the global UN/INGO system for managing emergencies, critical appraisal of the collection and use of findings to inform response operations, and contemporary case studies. Use of personal topics of interest is encouraged. Preparatory reading is required. Delivered by Dr Ginger A. Johnson.

Seats are currently available for this course. Please register at: https://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-population-health-sciences-c09/department-of-targeted-intervention-g88/g88-rreal-2021-training-programme-autumn-2021

If you have any questions about the courses please contact Sarah Hayden at s.hayden@ucl.ac.uk

RREAL offers tailored training for teams and organisations. For more information, contact Cecilia Vindrola on c.vindrola@ucl.ac.uk or send a Direct Message via Twitter.