20 June

Elke Weyer (CHEPS) and Margarita Jeliazkova (GW-ELAN)
Location: RA 1247

Abstract Elke: Qualitative Content Analysis in the Context of Decision-Making Processes in Universities
In my PhD project, I am investigating how the (governance) changes in Dutch and English universities have impacted upon university decision-making processes in four decision-making areas, namely human resource management, budget allocation, and the management of teaching- and research objectives. To be precise, the study endeavors to determine how and by whom decisions about the organization of teaching and research activities are made and what effects these decisions have on (the working conditions of) academics.

At the STEPS methodology seminar, I will present the data analysis strategy that I applied for analysing the interviews conducted during the empirical phase of my PhD research. I decided to analyse my data with the help of a method called qualitative content analysis. During the seminar, I will not only explain how I developed an analytical approach to systematically analyse my interviews, but I will also reflect on my personal experience as regards the use of qualitative content analysis for the type of research I am doing. 

Abstract Margarita: Teaching Q-methodology through action research: lessons from Zagreb
In this presentation, I will introduce you at warp-speed to the basics of Q methodology. I will do this by using the example of the training I gave to interested young researchers from leading Croatian NGOs in Zagreb in April this year.

Q-methodology is a method which involves a mix of qualitative and quantitative techniques, aimed at exploring subjective opinions, meanings, and core beliefs. Although the focus was on methodology training, the process of collective action research and the results it produced proved interesting and rewarding as well.

Some interesting conclusions can be drawn about the use of Q-methodology as a way to involve the ‘objects’ of research in a collaborative process at all stages. This makes it very suitable for joint research endeavors with professionals in different fields as well as a tool for teaching basic social science research skills.