Face to Face 3

Welcome to F2F3, May 23-25th, and the key focus for this meeting is:

Data Analysis leading to…Presenting your Findings

Thursday May 23 – meetings with each researcher/group in Junior School – see timetable;

Friday May 24 – meetings continued in Upper School – see timetable

Friday 3.30-6.30pm Strategic Plan Group – NO RESEARCH MEETING but supper if possible at 7.30pm (please let Nicky know)

Saturday May 25 – 09.00 breakfast; 09.30-2.00pm individual and whole group sessions.

During the sessions, we will consider:

  • completing your data collection – what you still need to do;
  • looking at the different approaches to reviewing what the data is telling you;
  • what it isn’t telling you;
  • and what is missing – important gaps in your data that you still have time to fill.

By now, your data should be telling you a story. It might not be the story you want it to tell you, nor the story you started with and this is where we must be authentic and genuine, or truthful with our findings.

Unpicking your data does not need to be complicated but it does take time. We’ll discuss some of the typical techniques such as coding to interpret large chunks of text or narrative from interviews, questionnaires, observations, for example.

Following your data analysis, you will move on to SYNTHESIS – putting together your data into evidence into a coherent ‘report’ ready for presentation at our internal Research Conference – Monday and Tuesday October 28 and 29, 2019.

Here’s a reminder of the process from our earlier sessions:




Face to Face 4 in September will consider reporting in much more depth (date to be decided).

Much more to follow on this, but in the meantime, whilst you have some time on your hands coming up (!)), here’s some further reading on research in schools generally – further justification for what we are doing if that were needed, but also some quotable material perhaps for your presentations. The opening comment in the BERA-RSA document is ‘music’ to my ears:

A recent TES article and the research paper backgrounding the article –

Mulholland – Mentoring and research model


And a further reminder of why we are doing this work:




Meetings with each group on Thursday & Friday –

Questions and suggestions for discussion – suggest we focus on Q7-10 in our meetings and you personally reflect on Q1-6:


  1. Summarise the different kinds of data collection methods you have used so far -interviews, questionnaires, observations, collection of school documentation…
  2. Did you trial or pilot any collection tools before using them on your chosen sample?
  3. Do you have a sufficient range of methods and resulting data to triangulate?
  4. What methods have worked well – given you a good response, or provided you with rich data?
  5. What has proved difficult – which methods or tools have been inefficient or produced a lack of response, or poor quality responses?
  6. What would you do differently in future?
  7. What is your data telling you now? Just as a ‘surface’ reading – a gut feeling, your professional intuition…?
  8. What is it not telling you – what is missing? Would it be better to have 10 more responses to your questionnaire? Was there a response you didn’t record that you should really go back and ask again of your interviewee?
  9. What data collecting do you need to revisit as you move towards the end phase of your project intervention (between now and the end of term)? A re-test…a repeat questionnaire…a new set of interviews so you have before/during/after responses and reactions?
  10. What ethical issues have troubled you/have you dealt with?

Saturday Morning Session

Welcome and outline of our sessions for today.

Try this at home:

PechaKucha 20×20

*Please bring a phone/laptop/iPad with voice memo/recording capability (!!)*

ACTIVITIES: 09.30-10.30/into coffee break
Within your research group/join with the other solitary researchers:

  1. Reflect on the 1:1 meetings and explain some of the things you have to do now towards completion of your intervention (not towards the presentations – towards completing data collection and analysis).
  2. Spend some time working on your own (individually not in a group) piecing together your research story; make some notes and turn these into a simple story structure with a short paragraph on – beginning, middle and anticipated end.
  3. You could do this on big paper and illustrate/draw diagrams if that is your preference.
  4. Around 10.10 I will ask you to join with a partner and tell each other your research story. Ideally I’d like you to voice record this and take any photos if you have used illustrations. There is method in this seeming madness!!

It’s important that you are able to articulate your work to others – it will help you highlight gaps, respond to the need for clarity, explain why it might be important, consider how it might impact on you and others, review what you need to do next…

Also you might be able to use snippets of your recorded conversation in your presentations/digital poster for the Conference.

Take a look at this link in Resources – scroll down to Understanding Research 4. Research Methodology and life story

Saturday after coffee break 11.00-12.00

I will run through some typical examples of analysing interview, questionnaire and field journal data from research projects I have been involved in.

a) Analysing your data – Looking at interesting data – examples from the field – approaches to analysing research/field journal notes and other evidence that provides rich qualitative data.

  • data analysis Pine for F2F3 sessionsclick for the PPT and print off in notes format
  • Phil will draw on 3 examples from his own experience – a large scale, national (UK) project; a small scale literature project in a UK category B prison; the current action research project in a UK art gallery.
  • See PPT on Saturday


  • a) Creative Partnerships Change Schools Programme: Sampling and coding from a large scale evaluation project – looking for commonalities and themes from structured and semi-structured interviews and documentary evidence from 20 schools (10% sample from 200 schools in the programme); this research was presented as a formal report;
  • b) Writers in Prison Project: research journal notes – identifying and analysing common themes; ethical and safety considerations; how this project was presented as performance and publication of works.
    • See the Journal photos and the CD of performed poetry – 2 poems as audio files to listen to.
  • c) House of Visions: journal observations and reflections; email feedback; semi-structured interviews; focus groups; audio recordings; photos; academic and professional literature (and what can go wrong along the way!)

The House of Visions link takes you to the webpage and a simple ppt version of an e-poster capturing the process in part. An alternative is below but the links are disabled due to blog limitations on certain file formats.

House of Visions e-poster

You might also wish to review:


This link is a very dry but an informative step by step video about analysing interview data (6 minutes 50 seconds) and coding:


You might then progress to this video which is much more in depth (18 minutes)

Preparing for your Presentations – holiday homework – a date for September final F2F4?


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