NYU Silver, McSilver Institute, and Centre for Health Policy Launch Transatlantic Summer Institute on Qualitative and Mixed Methods

NYU Silver Professor Deborah K. Padgett will be Lead Instructor.

NYU Silver School of Social Work and its McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research have partnered with The Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland to establish a Transatlantic Summer Institute on Qualitative and Mixed Methods for early career researchers. NYU Silver Professor and McSilver Faculty Fellow Dr. Deborah Padgett, an internationally recognized expert in qualitative and mixed methods, will be the lead instructor for the first institute to be held June 26-30, 2017 at the University of Strathclyde and then at NYU in summer 2018.

The institute—which is free of charge—has enrolled 19 doctoral students and early career researchers from disciplines including social work, social policy and public health. Dr. Padgett, whose books include Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research (3rd ed., 2016) and Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health Research (2012), said “our aim is to deepen participants’ knowledge and skills in qualitative research so that they can combine rigorous methods with relevant studies of individuals and communities.”

Sessions at the institute will feature classroom instruction and skills-based training, with an emphasis on individual and group exercises, and one day of observational field visits to social programs in Glasgow. Among the topics that will be covered are using theories and concepts to inform research questions, observation and interviewing techniques, coding and thematic development, strategies for rigor, and mixed methods designs featuring qualitative methods.