Art installation at Civic Space Park in Phoenix Arizona by Artist Janet Echelman

Feeling SmART by Slowing Down

The life of a qualitative researcher often has us flying in and out to new cities with little regard for the places we visit when conducting research. Nick Wise reminds us that “therapeutic recreation”—like absorbing the public art landscape on our travels—can help us transition from a mind that is always full, to an outlook that is more mindful of what else is out there. […]

Business Matters

Dealing With Big Change? Don’t Just Survive. Thrive!

Qualitative moderator Kelley Styring offers a provocative look at people who have navigated and overcome significant emotional and physical challenges in their lives and emerged to thrive. Through engaging stories, Styring shares five behavioral and attitudinal operational principles that qualitative researchers can apply to our own lives. […]

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Industry Focus

The Implications for Qualitative Researchers as the Video Game Industry Achieves Greater Cultural Relevance

For qualitative researchers, even when we aren’t working in a gaming-specific vertical or courting a gaming company, it’s increasingly likely that gaming will become part of the work we do. Jason Rice offers tips on how to better understand the gaming world, and what strategies qualitative researchers must utilize to be successful in this industry. […]

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Schools of Thought

Joy in Research: Nurturing Participant Enjoyment & Researcher Well-Being

Grounded in data and real-world experiences from the Year of Joy initiative, joy can be integrated into qualitative research as both a quantifiable metric and an intervention tool in research methodologies. Learn how the dual role of joy is setting new standards in participant engagement, data quality, and overall well-being, and providing actionable tips and insights for researchers and individuals to cultivate joy in various aspects of life. […]

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Trends in Qualitative Recruiting: Complexity Takes Its Toll

Renee Hopkins explains that qualitative recruiting is trending toward complexity from many angles. Researchers are creating more complex screeners for longer, more complex projects with shorter, less-flexible timelines. Recruiters are using technology and social media to find participants with more specific demographics and from underrepresented groups. […]

From the Editor in Chief

From the Editor in Chief – Winter 2023

When I read our cover story in this issue for the Travelwise column, I was excited for its message in several ways: it features exploring public art on our travels to expand our cultural understanding, it reminds us to slow down in life and smell the roses, which we all need to do, and it reminded me that there will be time to explore public art in Denver for the January 2024 QRCA Annual Conference. […]