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Qualitative Diary Methods

24th April 2023 - 26th April 2023

24 April 2023

Qualitative Diary Methods

Organised by University of Liverpool
Presenter Dr Laura Ratcliffe and Dr Leighann Spencer
Date 24 April 2023
Venue Online
Contact Dr Billie-Gina Thomason
[email protected]
Description Qualitative Diary Methods (QDMs) are increasingly recognised as a valuable and important method in social science research, due to concern across disciplines with an overreliance on cross-sectional research, a lack of focus on temporality, and the need to capture evolving processes and the daily dynamics of phenomena.

QDMs offer a range of innovative approaches and tools for social science researchers that enable us to capture and subsequently begin to understand, how phenomena are experienced in the moment, as well as how they evolve over time. However, they remain a methodological blind spot in much postgraduate research training.

This workshop will provide researchers with a new range of methods to add to their methodological toolkit, as well as support and guidance in managing some of the challenges associated with these methods, including insights into qualitative diary (longitudinal) analysis approaches.

The course will cover the following:

  • Intro to Qualitative Diary Methods (QDMs)
  • When and why to use different qualitative diary methods
  • Addressing challenges associated with QDMs
  • Ethical considerations when using QDMs
  • Designing pen and paper diaries
  • Designing audio and video diaries
  • Designing photo-elicitation diaries
  • Designing qualitative ‘App’ diaries
  • Analysing data from QDMs: Moving beyond thematic analysis

By the end of the course participants will:

  1. Have a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and challenges of QDMs, and how to manage these challenges
  2. Be able to evaluate when different QDMs should be used and why
  3. Be able to design appropriate QDM research projects to address particular research questions
  4. Have a critical awareness of particular ethical issues associated with the use of QDMs
  5. Have a comprehensive understanding of analytical approaches suited to data gathered using QDMs
Level Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
Cost The fee per teaching day is £30 per day for students / £60 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £100 per day for all other participants.
Website and registration https://go.soton.ac.uk/ezm
Region North West
Keywords Conversation Analysis, Narrative Methods, Visual Data Analysis, Mixed Methods Approaches (other), Writing Skills, qualitative diary methods, qualitative methods, creative methods, visual methods, digital methods
Related publications and presentations Conversation Analysis
Narrative Methods
Visual Data Analysis
Mixed Methods Approaches (other)
Writing Skills


24th April 2023
26th April 2023
Event Category:


Online event
NINE DTP - a collaborative partnership funded by the ESRC