Qualitative Research

Expert advice on the design and conduct of qualitative research within studies is vital to ensure that data collection and analyses are rigorous and the study findings credible and authentic, thereby meeting the study aims and satisfying requirements for high impact journals.

If qualitative input is required, the support request should be submitted well in advance to allow sufficient time for the qualitative team to contribute to the project before grant submission. King’s CTU provides different levels of qualitative collaboration:

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If statistical collaboration is requested, the support request should be submitted well in advance to allow sufficient time for statistician to review the project before grant submission.

Standard Collaboration

This level of collaboration applies to standard studies requiring an estimated 30 individual interviews (or an equivalent of 6-8 focus group discussions) and a thematic or Framework analysis of the data. The duration will depend upon the study aims, objectives, methodology, methods, setting and study participants, but we recommend approximately 12 months. This is likely to apply to the following types of qualitative study and qualitative research activities:
• Intervention design/ development
• Feasibility & piloting
• End of trial evaluation
• Service evaluation
• Exploratory experiential study
• Meta-ethnography, meta-synthesis, systematic review of qualitative studies

Resource required

  • 5-10% Professor / Reader OR 10% Senior Lecturer / Lecturer to be costed into the grant application
  • 100% Qualitative Research Assistant / Associate to be costed into the grant application (approximately 12 months)

Enhanced Collaboration

Additional Research Activities

More details of the levels of collaboration can be found in the following table.

Professor / Reader OR Senior Lecturer / Lecturer Qualitative Research Assistant
Develop the qualitative components for a clinical trial or other study including assisting in the preparation of the study protocol
Write the plan for the qualitative data collection and analysis in collaboration with the CI
Respond to reviewers’ comments
Attend regular TMG meetings
Supervise collection and analysis of qualitative data
Collect the qualitative data
Code the data using qualitative software
Analyse the qualitative data
Contribute to production of reports to funders
Lead on primary paper from qualitative data
Contribute to writing of other study publications

Note that qualitative transcription is not provided by the qualitative team so will need to be costed and purchased separately from a professional transcription service.

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