Framework Approach

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    Framework Approach

    Framework Analysis has its origins in Policy development. It has been in regular since the 1980’s. Ritchie and Spencer (1994) have popularised its use in NHS Social Sciences Research. Its main application is to assist the organisation, management, navigation and extraction of qualitative data from very large and multifaceted data sets.

    Liz will lead the workshop through didactic lecture and small group working with guided exercises. She plans to pragmatically share the principles of developing a Framework. If you have your own anonymised data, it is suggested you bring this along for exploration and explicit application of the method. If not, Liz has lots of interesting data she can share. References will be provided, as will access to all materials from the Workshop.

    It is suggested this workshop is best attended when you have collected some data, or at least have a good idea of the research methods you will use for data collection.


    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    1. Describe the purpose of an Analytical Framework

    2. Understand and distinguish when Framework is NOT applicable to use

    3. Complete the key stages involved in developing a Framework

    4. Connect your data to the matrices of your Framework

    About Liz

    Liz was trained in the development and application of Framework at the National Centre for Social Research, Guildford. She has used the method for (to name a few):

    International Study of Patient Risk Assessment: 40 interviews with patients and carers; 9 focus groups (81 participants in total), 21 Cases and Observation of hospital ward rounds.

    National Study of the Professional Nurse Advocate Programme: 63 interviews with multiple stakeholders; 303 Survey Responses, 10 Case Studies with joint partners.

    Development of a Framework to Describe Workplace Violence. 2,000 incident reviews.

    Liz gained her PhD through an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship at Manchester University. She completed post-Doctoral Fellowship awarded and funded by Health Education England at University of Birmingham. Then she won a National Award from the NIHR, called 70@70 for 3 years, researching and working as a clinician. She presents her NIHR 70@70 work to the latest Senior Research Leaders Conference on 20th June 2023.
    Period25 Jul 2023
    Event typeWorkshop
    LocationCoventry, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionLocal