Z – Research Methods Workshop


Please note these workshops have been postponed and will be offered at a later date

Please note these workshops have been postponed and will be offered at a later date.

This two-part online workshop series is designed for practitioners and professionals in development and humanitarian aid, as well as in international business, international health, or international environmental work.

Each workshop will be interactive and there will be take home exercises in between each day.

Workshop 1: Designing and Conducting Field Research

Format: Online

Practitioners, professionals and students are increasingly engaged in field research. The first part of the workshop introduces participants to the range of practicalities, ethics, mixed methods for data collection and conducting field research. A range of simulations and in-class exercises will complement short lectures. The three days will be lively and highly interactive, led by an experienced and fun-loving team.

Workshop 2: Analyzing Qualitative Data

Format: Online

This workshop is a hands-on exercise in analyzing qualitative data, using software such as NVivo. We discuss the steps involved in coding transcripts, ensuring inter-coder reliability (if working in teams) and different approaches to data analysis and write-up. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises using original data collected in humanitarian settings by the team.

Skills & Professional Benefits

Know the structure of a research design and learn about a variety of mixed (nested) methods. Design and operationalize research questions.

Understand your role as a researcher, and the ethics and reflexivity in field research. Prepare for the field.

Learn best practices of selection and recruitment of participants and sampling, as well as human subject review.

Manage and analyze qualitative data, gain practical experience with data analysis tools, coding, and working with coding teams.

Certificate of completion awarded.

Workshop 1: $500

Workshop 2: $450

Bundle: $900

* Fletcher and Tufts Alumni qualify or a 25% discount.

** Registration is closed to current Fletcher students.


Karen Jacobsen

Henry J. Leir Professor in Global MigrationDirector, Refugees in Towns Project at the Feinstein International Center

Professor Jacobsen’s current research explores urban displacement and global migration systems, with a focus on the livelihoods and financial resilience of migrants and refugees. In 2013-2014 she was on leave from Tufts, leading the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in Geneva. From 2000-2005, she directed the Alchemy Project, which explored the use of microfinance as a way to support people in refugee camps and other displacement settings. See her full bio here.

Marina Lazetic

Senior Research Analyst and Program Manager, Feinstein International Center.
PhD candidate, The Fletcher School

Marina Lazetic provides organization to Refugees in Towns (RIT) project; developing the project’s methodology; selecting and managing case studies; developing and maintaining connections with researchers, participants, and experts in the field; and analyzing and disseminating RIT’s findings. 
Prior to joining Feinstein, Marina worked for nonprofit organizations in the Western Balkans and the U.S., including Belgrade Center for Security Policy, Open Society Foundations, and Doctors Without Borders. Marina managed several research teams studying movement, financial health, and security of refugees and migrants on the move in the Western Balkans, United States, and Mexico. See her full bio here.

Dyan Mazurana

Research Professor, The Fletcher School and The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Research Director, Feinstein International Center

Dr. Mazurana’s areas of focus include women’s and children’s rights during armed conflict and post conflict, serious crimes and violations committed during armed conflict and their effects on victims and civilian populations, armed opposition groups and remedy and reparation. She works with a number of governments, U.N. agencies and NGOs on these areas and has carried out research in Afghanistan, the Balkans, several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and Nepal. Mazurana has published over 100 scholarly and policy books and articles and is a a research fellow at the World Peace Foundation. See her full bio here.

Kim Wilson

Sr. Lecturer, International Business and Human Security.
Sr. Fellow, Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, Institute for Business in a Global Context

Prior to joining Fletcher in 2005, she was Program Director for Catholic Relief Services in South Asia as well as Global Director for Microfinance. Since joining Fletcher she has consulted widely to organizations like CGAP at the World Bank, United Nations Development Fund and many international NGOs. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she launched the Fletcher Leadership Program in Financial Inclusion, a nine month program designed for financial regulators. While at Fletcher, she has taught courses in market approaches to development, financial inclusion, human security, poverty and development, and qualitative research methods. She has co-edited and authored books on microfinance and more recently has published on the financial aspects of transcontinental migration. Funds from GiZ, Open Society Foundations, the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Relief Services have allowed her to launch The Journeys Project – a web portal showcasing her own research and that of fellow masters and Ph.D. students on the financial journeys of transcontinental migrants and refugees. See her full bio here.

Workshop 1: Designing and Conducting Field Research

Session 1: Designing your research study and introduction to mixed methodologies

Date: June 2, 2021 | Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

  • Defining your research question and design: nested research design and role of the researcher
  • Research question and variable operationalization
  • Ethics and reflexivity 

Session 2: Preparing for the field and methodological considerations

Date: June 3, 2021 | Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

  • Selection of methods and recruitment and sampling of participants; working with research teams (interpreters, local researchers)
  • Focus groups, participant observation, KI interviews, PAR and PRA
  • Recruitment and gaining access to the field, data saturation, exiting field (ethical considerations, reporting back)

Session 3: Data collection and field strategies

Date: June 4, 2021 | Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

  • How to listen (deep listening) and how to observe
  • Considerations about consent
  • Field notes and managing your data in the field (preparing for the analysis)
  • Getting ready for the field (Institutional Review Boards)

Workshop 2: Analyzing Qualitative Data

Session 1: Intro to qualitative data analysis

Date: June 7, 2021 | Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

  • Intro to analysis and overview of different types of qualitative analysis
  • Intro to coding and classifications and tips on working as a team
  • Introduction to NVivo and live coding exercise

Session 2: Introduction to NVivo and hands on data analysis exercises

Date: June 8, 2021 | Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

  • Overview of NVivo coding and classifications
  • NVivo coding: live exercises (three stories on journeys) with students in breakout rooms
  • Live discussion of the group coding process and preparation for writeup