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  • About NatCen Learning

    We're a leading provider of social research training in the UK. All our courses are delivered by practising researchers, so whether you're starting out or a seasoned practitioner, we can help you build your skills and knowledge.

    Our open courses are run in partnerships with the Social Research Association and National Centre for Research Methods.

  • Book an online course

    Taking deliberations online: 13-14 Oct
    online course with Dr Ceri Davies

    Questionnaire design: 21-22 Oct (fully booked)
    online course with Debbie Collins

    Introduction to qualitative research: 28-29 Oct (fully booked)
    online course with Mehul Kotecha and Sarah Sharrock

    Designing and moderating focus groups: 9-10-11 Nov
    online course with Jane Kerr

    Cognitive interviewing: 1-2 Dec
    online course from our Questionnaire Development Testing Hub

    Reporting qualitative data: 9 Dec (fully booked)
    online course with Dr Martin Mitchell and Nilufer Rahim

    (Non-)probability survey samples in scientific practice: 9-10 Dec
    online course with Carina Cornesse

    Questionnaire design: 9-10 Dec (fully booked)
    online course with Debbie Collins

    Analysis of qualitative data: 25-26-27 Jan 2022
    online course with Mehul Kotecha and Jane Kerr

    Reporting qualitative data: 27 Jan 2022
    online course with Dr Martin Mitchell and Nilufer Rahim

    Questionnaire design: 27-28 Jan 2022
    online course with Debbie Collins

    Depth interviewing skills: 17-18 Feb 2022
    online course with Mehul Kotecha and Sarah Frankenburg

    Introduction to evidence reviews: 22-23 Feb 2022
    online course with Daniel Phillips

    Managing challenging interviews: 1-2 March 2022
    online course with Jane Kerr

    The current COVID-19 situation is changing the way in which we are delivering training and we are moving to delivering online courses. We have been working with the SRA to transition our courses online and those listed are the ones which are available, more will come in due course. We are also able to deliver bespoke training online.

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions, please email our Head of NatCen Learning, Debbie Collins at: natcenlearning@natcen.ac.uk

  • Classroom and flipchart Tailored training

    By getting to know you and your organisation, we'll design a training solution that is the perfect fit for your needs and quickly delivers improved performance.

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  • Feedback from delegates
    •   NatCen delivered six courses [...] we received consistently positive feedback from attendees and the training has helped raise the level of understanding of evaluation issues in the Department.  

      Steven Finch, Department for Transport

    •   Excellent trainers! Good to see people who have done a lot of practical work in this area and are enthusiastic about it - it shows!  

      Course attendee

    •   NatCen offers a service that is tailored to the specific themes and challenges of individual projects and its tutors go out of their way to make the training relevant to the needs of participants. Exceptional quality!  

      Sussex University

    •   Our two-day training course enabled a group of completely novice qualitative researchers to come away understanding the 'how and why' of in-depth interviewing as well as feeling confident and motivated to give it go.  

      Research Unit, University

    • Ruxandra Comanaru Meet the trainers

      Ruxandra Comanaru

      Ruxandra teaches courses on cognitive interviewing. She is a Senior Researcher in our Questionnaire Development and Testing Hub. 

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