What’s My N? Sampling Techniques in Qualitative Research

January 16, 2024 11:00am - 12:30pm
$31 for NCFR student members / $52 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $94 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs
Kevin Roy
Kevin Roy, Ph.D.

Presented by: Kevin Roy, Ph.D. 

Many qualitative family researchers struggle with how to develop a project with a rigorous plan for data collection. Qualitative researchers newer to the work can also be limited in their ability to explore assumptions about how to conduct qualitative research, what data collection and findings look like, and how qualitative methods can provide unique advantages to research studies. This webinar will promote Family Science research by providing flexible, creative, and critical set of methodological tools that can be used in qualitative research to prioritize context, process, and meaning in family relationships.

By attending this webinar, participants will learn about epistemological and theoretical assumptions, methodological and methods choices, and sampling concerns and choices.  Specifically, attendees will be introduced to innovative ways of approaching data collection and provided with a deeper understanding of how saturation—or the point where no additional analysis would be useful—reflects insightful and even conceptual findings. Through example case studies and data provided with the webinar, a demonstration of specific skills such as conceptualization and open and axial coding will be shared in which attendees can practice lessons taught during and/or after the presentation. Finally, the presenter will demonstrate how sampling and saturation can lead to critical discovery, enhance the quality of overall findings, and how to communicate rigor to non-qualitative researchers.

By the end, attendees will be able to:

  • Distinguish between quality and quantity of data collection approaches and their relationship to purposive and theoretical sampling techniques;
  • Develop a process of saturation (both data-based and theoretical) that emerges from systemic sampling techniques; and
  • Understand how enhanced sampling and saturation leads to more rigorous qualitative science that elevates our understanding of families in communities

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About the Presenter

Kevin Roy, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland College Park, School of Public Health. Dr. Roy’s research focuses on the life course of young men on the margins of kin networks and the work force, as they transition into adulthood and fatherhood. Through participant observation and life history interviews in community-based research projects, he explores men’s health equity and disparities (specifically trauma), masculinities, and policy systems, such as immigration, incarceration, and parenting programs. Dr. Roy has received research funding from NICHD, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He served as a deputy editor for Journal of Marriage and Family and has published over 50 articles and chapters. Dr. Roy is an editor of the Sourcebook on Family Theories and Methodologies (2022) and published Nurturing Dads:  Social Initiatives for Contemporary Fathering (2012). He earned degrees in Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University (Ph.D., 1999; M.S., 1995) and in International Affairs with a focus on Soviet Studies at Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., 1988).

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