Qualitative Health Research Network


Advanced rapid qualitative research training course

This page provides information on our 'Advanced rapid qualitative research' training course.

Course summary

This course is designed for those who have attended the introduction to rapid qualitative research course or who have experience participating in rapid qualitative studies. The aim of the course is to help attendees address issues they might be facing in the design and implementation of their rapid studies. The course combines peer work, short presentations, hands-on exercises and one-to-one coaching to review and work through the challenges encountered by researchers conducting rapid qualitative research. 

Course aims

  1. Provide a brief overview of the challenges encountered by rapid qualitative researchers and strategies to address these
  2. Introduce new techniques and approaches in rapid qualitative research
  3. Improve skills in the design and implementation of rapid qualitative research
  4. Improve skills in the dissemination and application of research findings

Course content

  • Why do we use rapid research?
  • Main challenges encountered by researchers in the field
  • Main challenges encountered after fieldwork has ended
  • The combination of rapid research with other types of research
  • New published tools in the field of rapid qualitative research
  • Tools and techniques under development (the future of rapid qualitative research)


Introduction to rapid qualitative research or prior experience with rapid research

About the instructor

Dr Cecilia Vindrola

Dr Cecilia Vindrola is a medical anthropologist interested in applied health research and the development of rapid approaches to research. She works across four interdisciplinary teams, applying anthropological theories and methods to study and improve healthcare delivery in the UK and abroad. She is a researcher on the NIHR-funded Rapid Service Evaluation Team (RSET), a collaboration between UCL and the Nuffield Trust. She has written extensively on the use of rapid qualitative research and currently co-directs the Rapid Research, Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) with Dr Ginger Johnson. She is the past Director and current training lead for the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN). Cecilia works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Health Research, UCL and Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre.