Qualitative Grant Writing
MERIT is offering a series of four FREE workshops designed to support McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) faculty in developing a qualitative Health Professions Education (HPE) study for any grant competition.* Through a combination of short presentations and peer and instructor feedback, you will learn about and develop qualitative research questions to answer an educational problem in your practice.
To participate, you must be interested in qualitative research, and may be interested in submitting to any grant competition (e.g., Royal College Grants such as MERG and CanMEDS [due in March], FHS education grant [due in April], or CAME grants [due in November]). Participants can have any level of familiarity with qualitative methods. We welcome novice researchers!
Registration is now closed.
*Registration will be capped at 10 individuals, with preference given to McMaster FHS faculty. Once capacity has been hit, all other interested parties will be placed on a waitlist.
📅 Workshop Dates (every Thursday):October 6, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDTOctober 13, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDTOctober 20, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDTOctober 27, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
💻 Delivered Virtually (Zoom)
The following is a listing of the program content participants will engage in over the duration of this workshop series:
Workshop #1: Developing Qualitative Research Questions
Workshop #2: Selecting & Justifying a Qualitative Methodology
Workshop #3: Aligning Qualitative Methods / Techniques with Methodology
Workshop #4: Develop a Qualitative Research Proposal
At the end of this virtual activity, participants will be able to:
Identify a practice-relevant problem that can be addressed through qualitative research.
Develop research questions for a qualitative study.
Select and describe a qualitative methodology, relevant to specific research questions.
Select and describe qualitative methods, aligned with a specific research question and methodology.
Workshop #1 Developing Qualitative Research Questions
📅Thursday, October 6, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
Presentation (20 mins):
What is the problem-gap-hook heuristic?
What constitutes a qualitative research question?
Small Group Discussion (40 min): Research Problems & Brainstorm Research Questions
Workshop #2 Selecting & Justifying a Qualitative Methodology
📅Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
Small Group Discussion (20 mins): Discussion & Feedback on Research Questions
Presentation (20 minutes):
Aligning research questions, methodology, and methods
Common qualitative methodologies
Selecting a methodology (alignment with research question, expertise on the team, time commitment)
Small Group Discussion (20 min): Decide on RQ & Discuss Possible Methodology
Workshop #3 Aligning Qualitative Methods / Techniques with Methodology
📅Thursday, October 20, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
Small Group Discussion (20 min): Discussion & Feedback on Methodology
Presentation (20 mins):
“Fit” of methods with methodology & RQ
Common qualitative methods – affordances and limitations
Small Group Discussion (20 min):
Submit protocol for feedback
Submit questions for final workshop
Workshop #4 Develop a Qualitative Research Proposal *
📅Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
Presentation (20 min): Extra details in a qualitative (reflexivity, building a team, other questions as submitted)
Small Group Discussion (30 min): Exchange drafts and workshop feedback
Wrap Up & Final Questions (10 min)
* Problem Research Questions, Methods, Methodology
Dr. Renate Kahlke is a researcher, qualitative methodologist, theorist, and educator. After working in curriculum design and faculty development for interprofessional education and simulation at the University of Alberta, she earned a PhD in Educational Policy Studies there in 2016. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia in 2018. She lead program evaluation and research as a Research Associate at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada until May 2021 and is now excited to join the Department of Medicine and MERIT as Assistant Professor and Scientist. She continues to hold an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa.