Research Groups

WCQR dedicates a relevant space to the dissemination of methodologies and results of research conducted by research groups. To this end, some Research Groups organize panels of discussion subordinated to the topics related to the research work that they develop, within the scope of the Conference.

National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)

In 2004 the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) set up the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) at the University of Southampton. NCRM was tasked to increase the quality and range of methodological approaches used by UK social scientists through a programme of training and capacity building, and with driving forward methodological development and innovation through its own research programme.  Since its foundation NCRM team at the University of Southampton has been responsible for carrying out a wide range of coordinating and strategic functions, operating as a focal point for national research and training activities in social science research methods. From January 2015 onwards NCRM forms a partnership between three institutions with international reputations in methodological research and training in the social sciences. The University of Southampton has directed NCRM since 2004 and run highly regarded short-course programmes through CASS for more than 15 years. The University of Manchester has longstanding experience in delivering high quality methodological research and training through its Cathie Marsh Centre, the Methods@Manchester initiative, as well as hosting two NCRM funded projects and the Research Methods Programme before that. The University of Edinburgh recently received an additional five years of funding for the AQMeN Centre, which has achieved notable success in building quantitative methods capacity in Scotland through innovative training activities. Visit website >> | See Panel Discussion >>

QDAS-RG (Qualitative Data Analysis Software – Research Group)

QDAS-RG Research GroupQDAS-RG (Qualitative Data Analysis Software – Research Group) aims to promote the contact between researchers or interested parties who wish to access sustained knowledge about data analysis in qualitative research based on the use of appropriate software. This interaction allows one to look at, for example, a particular market or area of study, depending on how it interprets and perceives its challenges and products. All of these, which use technological tools for qualitative analysis of data, lack a space for interaction and debate around existing tools, as well as emerging ones, providing reflection on models, methodologies, instruments and procedures associated with qualitative data analysis that bring them reliable and fast results, capable of synchronous distance sharing and discussion. This is the larger purpose of this research group.