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By taking guidance from our research faculty’s interests and supporting their efforts, the Institute draws its dynamic strengths and directions from the evolving enterprise of contemporary social research and delivers seminars on​ ​research issues. Additionally, we​ offer​​ short courses/workshops led by our consulting staff skilled ​in specific methods and data program packages.

*Methodology Consultants are ​f​unded by the Graduate School at UMass-Amherst.



Meeting Ethnography: Understanding the Role of Meetings in Governance, Resistance, and Development

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Campus Center 804-08
The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and the UMass Department of Anthropology co-sponsor a panel on the ethnography of meetings, one of the most prevalent and undertheorized sites of contemporary ethnographic engagement.

ISSR Methodology Workshop 3: Getting Started in NVivo for Windows

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Bartlett Hall, Room 107
This hands-on workshop will introduce users to NVivo 10 or 11 for Windows.* We'll cover the basics for getting started with your project, including importing and organizing your data, setting up your node structure, and coding. Registration is required: see Read More for registration link.

ISSR Methodology Workshop 8: Exploring Coded Data in NVivo – Getting Started with Queries

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 2:00pm to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:00pm
Bartlett Hall, Room 107
This course will help NVivo users construct a variety of queries, including text-based queries, matrix queries, and coding queries, to begin to explore their coded data. Instructor will assume a basic working knowledge of NVivo.

ISSR Methodology Workshop 9: Introduction to Semi-Structured and Unstructured Interview Methods

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Bartlett Hall, Room 107
The goal of this workshop is for participants to be able to recognize when to use semi-structured or unstructured interviews to collect in-depth and nuanced qualitative data, and then be able to generate an efficient and effective line of questioning.