Health and social care workers increasingly have to work in multicultural teams and with an ethnocultural diverse clientele. New ways of communicating and understanding are needed to better manage diversity. An innovative way opens up when diversity is taken as a resource and working ground instead of keeping on a useless fight for conformity.
Balancing conflicting demands, disapointing one partner to meet the other partner’s expectations, being in the awkward position not to please everybody … Such situations are part of our professional and private every-day lives.
Aim of the workshop is to learn more about concepts and methods on how to manage paradox situations. On the basis of theoretical inputs, participants develop strategies for creatively dealing with conflicting demands.
Evaluation of health promotion initiatives and projects is an important element for evidence based development of health promoting practices. Knowledge about planning, implementing and managing evaluations as well as about appropriate evaluation tools is crucial to meet the challenge of evaluating health promotion projects. Having such knowledge at hand can turn a tiresome obligation into an inspiring learning process both for organisations and individuals.
Qualitative Methodology in Practice
To work with qualitative methods in Social Science poses specific challenges to researchers. These challenges arise from the closeness of the researcher to the investigated subject, and the necessity to simultaneously get involved and to stay in an “objective” distance.
While for the technical challenges to gain objectified results from a subjective research process, methods are at hand and can be applied in any stage of research experience, the emotional challenge of staying sound and tuned in when e.g. interviews get rough are seldom noted down in books on methodology.
Researchers need to keep the balance in a position of “intimate distance”
- They get very close to actual people, individuals, and their life stories
- They inevitable are exposed to emotions, sometimes to those evoked by their very interventions/questions
- They need to counterbalance the closeness in order to stay objective and distant enough to stay an observer.
How to successfully cope with the personal involvement of the researcher which inevitably is part of the qualitative research process is very much based on experience.
How to cope with emotional involvement:
o What I am as a researcher (e.g. Sociologist, Psychologist)?
o What I am NOT (e.g. Psychotherapist, Social Worker on a case/assignment) ?
o What I am as a human being with a history, gender, culture, that influences me?
- How to protect yourself and everybody else in the process
- Getting familiar with methodology and specific challenges along the research process (from access to conduct to analysis to reporting)
General Informationen is available here.
Information und booking:
Dr. Sonja Novak-Zezula
tel: +43 660 1529742