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NatCen refreshes qualitative research bible

28 November 2013 | Tags: Qualitative, Methodology

Updated edition of 'Qualitative Research Practice' published

Today leading qualitative researchers associated with NatCen Social Research, with SAGE Publishers, have published the second edition of Qualitative Research Practice:  A guide for social science students and researchers. The refreshed handbook provides social science students, practitioners and researchers with a guide to carrying out rigorous and robust qualitative research.

First published a decade ago, the fully revised edition retains the core focus of the original edition on ‘how to do’ qualitative research in the real world, but also reflects on new issues and priorities in applied social research. It includes entirely new chapters on ethics and on the use of observational methods and provides a host of new ‘real world’ examples from actual studies. The new edition also takes stock of recent developments in technology, exploring for example the impact of increased online communication on research and explaining new computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software.

“This updated edition is an ideal guide for those faced with the challenge of conducting good, ethical, qualitative research in both theoretical and applied settings. We explore the practical nitty gritty of really doing good qualitative research and potential pitfalls and challenges. I am immensely proud of the book, and hope it reflects our passion for qualitative research”, said one of the editors, Dr Carol McNaughton Nicholls, Senior Research Director in the Crime and Justice Team at NatCen Social Research.

For further details contact Leigh Marshall: 0207 549 8506 or 0782 803 1850 or Naomi Joyner:  0207 549 9550 or 0773 496 0069

Notes to editors:

  1. 1.Qualitative Research Practice: A guide for social science students and researchers was edited by Ritchie, J., Lewis, J., McNaughton Nicholls, C. and Ormston, R. and authored by a range of qualitative research experts associated with NatCen Social Research. It is available from SAGE Publications here
  2. 2.At NatCen Social Research we believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people's lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping services that can make a difference to everyone. And as an independent, not for profit organization we're able to focus our time and energy on meeting our clients' needs and delivering social research that works for society. Find out about the work we do by visiting
  3. 3. SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.
  4. 4. About the editors

Dr Carol McNaughton Nicholls is a Senior Research Director in the Crime & Justice Team at NatCen Social Research. She has 14 years of experience managing all aspects of qualitative and mixed method projects and regularly delivers high impact research and evaluations to central government, with a particular focus on sensitive issues, such as the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Rachel Ormston is a Senior Research Director at ScotCen Social Research and co-director of the Scottish Social Attitudes survey. She works across both qualitative and quantitative methods and has a particular interest in measuring and exploring attitudes across a wide range of areas, from discrimination and prejudice to constitutional change.

Jane Ritchie founded the Qualitative Research Unit at NatCen Social Research in 1985 and was the Unit’s Director until 1998. She was one of the originators of the qualitative analytic tool, Framework, and is a psychologist.

Jane Lewis was the Director of the Qualitative Research Unit at NatCen Social Research from 1998-2007 and has since held posts as Director of Research and Evaluation at the National Children’s Bureau and Director of the Colebrook Centre for Evidence and Implementation.