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Analyzing qualitative interviews: Coding, identifying themes and reporting your findings

May 07, 2021
9:00 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT
Zoom - online
Migration ResearchGyms
About the workshop:

Qualitative interviews often generate a great deal of rich, detailed information. In order to effectively manage and interpret this information, the researcher must analyze it in a systematic way. Luckily, there are established techniques that researchers can use to turn their data into meaningful research findings. 

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Why it is important to adopt a rigorous approach to the analysis of qualitative data
  • Specific approaches and techniques for analyzing qualitative data
  • How to code and identify themes from qualitative interview transcripts
  • How to report qualitative research findings

How this workshop will be delivered:

The workshop will take participants through all the essential steps of analyzing information collected through qualitative interviews. Participants will have the opportunity to practice coding interview material and identifying key themes in interview transcripts by way of interactive exercises. Detailed instructions for these exercises will be provided to participants in advance of the workshop.

9-10:10 AM – Introduction to Analyzing Qualitative Interviews

Introduction and welcome

  • The necessity of being systematic when analyzing qualitative data
  • Different approaches to the analysis of qualitative data
  • Techniques for undertaking thematic analysis

10:10-11:05 AM – Coding Techniques for Qualitative Interviews

  • Defining codes
  • The steps required to code an interview transcript
  • Example of how to code an interview transcript

Participants will be given the opportunity to practice coding two short segments of an interview transcript. Following each segment, there will be a brief group discussion on how the process went and any challenges faced.

11:05-11:55 AM – Generating Themes from Qualitative Material

  • Defining themes
  • The steps required to turn codes into themes
  • Example of how to identify themes in a coded interview transcript

Participants will be given the opportunity to practice turning the codes they created in the first exercise into themes. After attempting this independently, participants will be invited to return to the larger group where we will discuss how the process went and any challenges faced.

11:55 AM-12:20 PM – Strategies for Reporting Qualitative Research Findings

  • How to turn study findings into information that can be shared in the form of a report
  • Things to consider when reporting qualitative findings
  • Different ways of presenting qualitative findings

12:20-12:30 PM – Wrap-Up

  • Brief summary of the workshop
  • Final Q&A
  • Information on additional resources
About the workshop leader:

Melissa Kelly is Research Fellow, CERC Migration. Melissa Kelly’s research examines the lived experiences of migrants in rural and remote parts of Canada. Previously, she worked at the University of the Free State in South Africa, where she guided students through the various steps of their Master’s level dissertation projects.


All workshops are being offered free of charge. Our workshops are often oversubscribed and we maintain a waiting list. We ask that you please cancel your registration if you are no longer able to attend. We appreciate your understanding.