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  • About NatCen Learning

    We're the leading provider of social research training in the UK. All our courses are delivered by practising researchers, so whether you're starting out or a seasoned practitioner, we can help you build your skills and knowledge. 

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    • Stephen Morris Meet the trainers

      Stephen Morris

      Stephen is Head of Evaluation Research and has worked for a wide variety of clients including government departments, the European Commission, the Food Standards Agency and the NSPCC.

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    • Margaret Blake Meet the trainers

      Margaret Blake

      Margaret teaches on our courses and is a Senior Research Director in our Health and Wellbeing team. Margaret runs the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. 

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    • Gareth Morrell Meet the trainers

      Gareth Morrell

      Gareth is a Senior Research Director who teaches on our qualitative courses. His specialisms include depth interviewing and qualitative data analysis. 

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    • Mehul Kotecha Meet the trainers

      Mehul Kotecha

      As Senior Researcher with NatCen Mehul has worked with a diverse range of respondents and has experience of a range of qualitative methods - including in-depth interviews and focus groups. 

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    • Debbie Collins Meet the trainers

      Debbie Collins

      Debbie has over 20 years experience in survey research and methodology. She has written a book on cognitive interviewing techniques and also delivers courses in this area. 

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    • Ashley Brown Meet the trainers

      Ashley Brown

      Ashley is an experienced qualitative researcher in the Crime and Justice team. She has co-authored a book chapter on ethics and has a particular interest in the ethics of online research. 

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    • Kandy Woodfield Meet the trainers

      Kandy Woodfield

      Kandy has extensive experience of developing and delivering learning programmes for Government, academia and the third sectors. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and a member of the Learning & Performance Institute. 

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  • Feedback from delegates
    •   Excellent trainers! Good to see people who have done a lot of practical work in this area and are enthusiastic about it - it shows!  

      Course attendee

    •   NatCen offers a service that is tailored to the specific themes and challenges of individual projects and its tutors go out of their way to make the training relevant to the needs of participants. Exceptional quality!  

      Sussex University

    •   But probably the most useful part of the day were the practical sessions, where evaluation officers had the chance to practice the techniques and receive feedback from the trainers.  

      Matt Barnard, Head of Evaluation at NSPCC

    •   Our two-day training course enabled a group of completely novice qualitative researchers to come away understanding the 'how and why' of in-depth interviewing as well as feeling confident and motivated to give it go.  

      Research Unit, University

    •   NatCen delivered six courses [...] we received consistently positive feedback from attendees and the training has helped raise the level of understanding of evaluation issues in the Department.  

      Steven Finch, Department for Transport