Quantitative Research for Qualitative Researchers

This one-day course attempts to demystify quantitative methods for people who don’t naturally think in numbers. Starting with a brief discussion on why using numbers to investigate a phenomenon may be useful (and not necessarily that tricky), the bulk of the course will use examples and thought experiments to explore the core set of quantitative methods that social scientists typically use. Crucially, the course is aimed at giving participants a broad understanding of the available tools they could use to give them the confidence to engage with quantitative methods in the future, rather than a detailed look into each individual model. In short, the course aims to be light on numerical detail and heavy on accessibility, and hopefully a lot of fun!

The following points provide an overview of the day:

•    Exploring the possible role of numbers within qualitative research
•    Research questions within Quant Studies – their purpose and what a good research question looks like
•    Moving beyond descriptive statistics to inferential statistics – getting to the crux of “statistics” vs a good numerical description
•    Comparing differences between groups – how do we know this isn’t down to random chance?
•    Identifying associations (or not!) – Does X go up when Y goes down, or is it in my head?
•    Creating measures – Measuring “anxiety” in a number
•    Reading and writing results – the do and don’ts of good statistical write ups


Bring a laptop that can connect to the internet


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Our booking process

When your application is received, you will be emailed a link and then have 48 hours to complete a pre-workshop form requesting additional information. If you do not meet this deadline, your application will be cancelled. 

See our full Terms and Conditions below


If you have specific circumstances which may affect your engagement with this event, or your meeting our Terms and Conditions, please continue with your booking and contact us by email to discuss how we can support you: researcherdevelopment@socsci.ox.ac.uk


Researcher Development Terms and Conditions

In booking any training workshops, you agree that: 


COMMITMENT: application is not an expression of interest; it is a firm commitment. You will be available for the full duration of the course session(s); if you are not, please do not make a booking. You will not accept any subsequent meeting invitations that may fall during the given workshop times. 

PRE-WORK / HOMEWORK: if applicable, you will complete any given pre-work and/or homework as described on the workshop web listing, as it constitutes part of the workshop  

CANCELLATION: should your circumstances change, and you are not able to attend the full session(s). you will cancel using the CoSy booking system (link in booking confirmation email) giving at least 72-hours' notice, so we can offer the place to someone on the waiting list. Cancellations by email will not be accepted. 

ARRIVAL: you will join, or arrive at, the workshop 5 minutes before the advertised start time, to ensure a prompt start. 

LATE POLICY: you understand that the online room will be locked / workshop door will be closed 10 minutes after the event start time and late-comers will not be admitted. This is to preserve the integrity of the course for those who are present.  

ENGAGEMENT: you will give the session your undivided attention and engagement. You will not be able to do other tasks in parallel. If online, you will ensure that your environment and internet connection allow you to participate verbally and with video cameras on. These are interactive workshops, and it is not appropriate to attend from a silent or shared workspace. 

ATTENDANCE RECORD: you understand the Register will be taken in the last half-hour of the course, and anyone not present in the room at that point will be marked as non -attending (see below) 

FEEDBACK: you will contribute feedback afterwards, to help us understand how well the session met its intended aims, and facilitate our continuous improvement 

CONSEQUENCES OF NON-ATTENDANCE: you understand that any non-attendance  
a) is visible to departments and supervisors/PIs, and  
b) may result in any future bookings you’ve made within the same term being cancelled, and the place(s) offered to the waiting list.