It can be confusing to navigate the qualitative research process and find what you need. This page takes you through the stages involved in the whole process, starting with planning and taking you through to publication, and links you to relevant guidance you need. We will add to it as time goes on. If you think anything's missing, just let us know! To see how others have designed their studies, you can view a repository of social science protocols by clicking the 'TREAD' database tab, above.




Planning and research design

Epistemology and conceptual framework

Quality assurance

Ethics and regulatory approval

Participant recruitment and community engagement



Focus groups

Participatory research


Data Management


Data Analysis (introduction)

Data Analysis (advanced)

Writing and publication