Creating and Measuring Change

Aim of the course

The course aims to provide participants with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in qualitative analysis to be applied in a wide range of research contexts. 

The theoretical aspects will be explored, based on scientific contributions and the most recent debates in the literature on the subject. Computer-assisted qualitative research software will be introduced, and examples from various application fields will be presented. 

Participants will gain practical skills in using qualitative research tools that are essential for those working in professional, social, educational, etc. contexts and intend to assess and promote the relational dimension and "soft skills."


This advanced course is structured into five modules, each covering specific content areas:

Module 1: From Discrete to Continuous - Perspectives of Qualitative Research 

In this module, we delve into the transition from discrete to continuous aspects of qualitative research. We explore the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of research, along with the theoretical foundations of qualitative research, emphasizing both theory-driven and data-driven approaches.

Module 2: Various Methodological Approaches for Qualitative Research 

This module introduces different methodological approaches for conducting qualitative research. Topics covered include Grounded Theory, Thematic Analysis, Semantic Analysis, and the integration of mixed-methods approaches.

Module 3: Research Questions and Data Collection in Qualitative Research 

This module is dedicated to understanding research questions and data collection in the realm of qualitative research. We discuss various data collection methods, such as interviews, focus groups, eco-maps, community mapping, and Photovoice.

Module 4: Examples of Computer - Assisted Qualitative Research Software 

This module explores the practical aspects of qualitative research by presenting examples of computer-assisted qualitative research software. We research tools like Atlas.ti, QCAmap, and TLAB.

Module 5: Areas of Application 

The final module focuses on the diverse areas of application for qualitative research.

Topics covered include promoting change through Action Research, fostering participation in various life contexts through Participatory Action Research, and understanding the psychology of virtual environments between real and virtual worlds. 

Additionally, social media networks, comment analysis, journaling, and narrative/counter-narrative techniques will be explored, as well as evaluating change through the community impact model.


Andrea Guazzini

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Mirko Duradoni

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Patrizia Meringolo 

LabCom impresa sociale e Università degli Studi di Firenze

Moira Chiodini 

LabCom impresa sociale e Università degli Studi di Firenze

Cristina Cecchini  

LabCom impresa sociale e Università degli Studi di Firenze

Elisa Guidi

LabCom impresa sociale e Università degli Studi di Firenze

Marah Dolfi

LabCom impresa sociale 

Camillo Donati

LabCom impresa sociale 

Laura Remaschi  

LabCom impresa sociale 

Giorgio Nardone

Centro di Terapia Strategica

Massimo Santinello

Università degli studi di Padova 

Stefano Bartoli

Centro di Terapia Strategica

Brad Olson 

National Louis University (USA)

Alba Zambrano 

Universidad de La Frontera (CILE)

Admission fee to the course 

The subscription fee for the course is €850. 

The deadline for the subscription is January 8th

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