Course Overview

This is an intricately designed six-week online short research methods course, mainly focussing on the action-oriented and intentional use of qualitative methods rather than the mainstream conservative ideology of qualitative research. Through this course, the participants are expected to understand the importance of qualitative methods within the broader context of research methods, the selection of the appropriate qualitative design for a particular research question and the actual application of each qualitative design on ground or in policy. This course also emphasizes the different participatory methods and ethical considerations involved, strategies for programmatic understanding and improvement, qualitative research designs that center service user and provider perspectives on the ground and qualitative research designs to impact systems or policy.


Lead Instructor

Dr. Nev Jones, Co-Chair Lancet Commission, School of Social Work University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Jones currently is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh with an affiliate faculty appointment in the department of psychiatry.  She brings an interdisciplinary background to her work, including a BA and MA in social and political philosophy, post-graduate fellowship in cross-cultural philosophy in Japan, a PhD in community psychology and postdoctoral fellowship in medical anthropology.  Dr. Jones also brings extensive community organizing and policy experience as well as direct personal experience of schizophrenia and intersecting response systems. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research in the US. She co-chairs the participatory research work package for the Lancet Commission on the Psychoses in Global Context, and co-leads the Mental Health Resource Hub at BALM. 


  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Researchers
  • Academicians
  • Postgraduate students and
  • Undergraduate students

Course Fees

8000 INR*

*Scholarships will be given on request


Online and Live Sessions – 6 weeks, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm IST

Important Dates

Couse Commencement: 17th May 2022

Last Date to Register: 14th May, 2022

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