Inspire Centre, University of Canberra, Australia

INSPIRE is a hub and network for new approaches to learning, communication and collaboration based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra. We apply design thinking and learning design principles to work with:

  • The Faculty of Education on teacher education and STEM education
  • Principals, teachers and students on quality teaching and learning practice
  • The Designs for Learning Research Cluster on the design of new learning environments and new educational services and
  • Government and community organisations around engagement and innovation

INSPIRE is learning commons, a place to imagine, experiment and design new ways of working and learning digitally. INSPIRE services highlight quality teaching and contemporary learning practices through staying connected to global initiatives and trends about learning design and design thinking. We focus on a futures perspective and developing foresight and dispositions, not just knowledge and skills.

Our team of researchers and educators are applying design thinking and learning design principles to work with:

  • Data-driven education
  • Learning design and design thinking
  • Quality teaching and contemporary practice across diverse educational settings
  • Applied research
  • New learning technologies

We value collaborative learning and as such at INSPIRE there is no one way… we model ways of working that promote the active co-creation of knowledge, enabling all learners to have a voice while providing multiple opportunities to interact with others to discuss, shape and explore concepts.

Qualitative Data Repository, Syracuse University, United States

The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) is a dedicated archive for storing and sharing digital data (and accompanying documentation) generated or collected through qualitative and multi-method research in the social sciences. QDR provides search tools to facilitate the discovery of data, and also serves as a portal to material beyond its own holdings, with links to U.S. and international archives. The repository’s initial emphasis is on political science.

QDR is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry , a unit of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

QDR provides leadership and training in—and works to develop and publicize common standards and practices for—managing, archiving, sharing, reusing, and citing qualitative data. QDR hopes to expand and improve the use of qualitative data in the evaluation of research, in scholarly production, and in teaching.

Qualitative data are used by social scientists to advance a range of analytical, interpretive, and inferential goals. Yet in the United States, traditionally such data have been used only once: social scientists collect them for a particular research purpose, and then discard them. The lack of a data-sharing custom is due in part to an infrastructure gap – the absence of a suitable venue for storing and sharing qualitative data.

QDR hopes to help to fill this gap. First, the repository expands and eases access to qualitative social science data. This access empowers research that otherwise would not be conducted, and promotes teaching and learning about generating, sharing, analyzing, and reusing qualitative data. Further, the repository contributes to making the process and products of qualitative research more transparent. This increased openness facilitates the replication, reproduction, and assessment of empirically based qualitative analysis. Finally, by increasing researcher visibility, the repository induces intellectual exchange, promoting the formation of epistemic communities and serving as a platform for research networks and partnerships.

The goals of encouraging, facilitating, and regularizing the archiving and sharing of data arising from qualitative and multi-method social science research are consistent with the American Political Science Association’s new standards for Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT). In addition to the general principles expressed in the Association’s Guide to Professional Ethics in Political Science , tradition-specific guidance has also been developed for the quantitative and qualitative research communities.

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software Networking Project (CAQDAS), University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Practical support, training and information in the use of a range of software programs designed to assist qualitative data analysis. Platforms for debate concerning the methodological and epistemological issues arising from the use of such software packages. Research into methodological applications of CAQDAS.

We have no commercial links to any software developer or supplier. We can therefore provide independent advice about software.

The CAQDAS Networking project resource is closely connected to the Online QDA website, based at Huddersfield University. The two resources have been developed in close collaboration and are intended to provide a rounded service to qualitative researchers.

National Centre for Research Methods

The NCRM, based at the University of Southampton, acts as a hub for methodological innovation in the UK. We have close ties with the NCRM as a result of their funding of our research activities under the Qualitative Innovations in CAQDAS (QUIC) programme. The NCRM support our continued capacity-building activities, enabling us to provide free and low-cost seminars on methodological applications concerning the use of CAQDAS.

Between 1994 and 2011 we were funded by 7 streams of ESRC funding, most recently as an ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Node (Qualitative Innovations in CAQDAS -QUIC), as part of the Research Methods Programme (RMP) and the Researcher Development Initiative (RDI). We are currently receiving no external funding.

KWALON, The Hague, Netherlands

KWALON is an independent organization of researchers and lecturers at universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations engaged in reflection on the methodology of qualitative research.

KWALON organizes and encourages discussion and cooperation among qualitative researchers. The aim is to foster methodologically sound use and development of qualitative research.

The Netherlands Association for Qualitative Research, was founded in 1995 as a union of several groups of qualitative researchers that had been organized around specific fields of research, e.g. symbolic interactionism, qualitative medical sociology, interpretive social research and qualitative evaluation research.

The main aim of this new association was and still is, to stimulate the development and diffusion of qualitative methods in social research and to improve the methodological quality of qualitative research.

The first project of this association was the establishment the triennial journal KWALON as a forum for discussion. Other activities and projects have been developed later on:

  • Courses in qualitative methods. These courses have been very successful in recruiting students from various backgrounds, like university PhD’s, lecturers in higher education, researchers from private and public organisations.
  • The biannual KWALON prize competition for master theses
  • Conferences on qualitative methodology
  • The KWALON website as an information service point – in Dutch
  • The KWALON LinkedIn group, to be connected to the website as a community of researchers, students and others who are interested in qualitative research KWALON is a low-threshold open association, giving room to everybody who is interested in qualitative methodology in any field of social research who can communicate in Dutch. Participants are university researchers and professors, researchers in private firms or governmental research departments, lecturers, students, etcetera.