Second round of bursaries for analysis of qualitative data from StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie launched
The StudentSurvey.ie Analysis and Impact Group is pleased to announce the second call for research projects to analyse the rich body of qualitative data emerging from StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie.
The Group welcomes proposals from members of the research community within the participating institutions for the analysis of the qualitative data emerging from StudentSurvey.ie. Submissions which propose well-grounded methodologies, offer mechanisms for replication of the analysis in future years, and which are innovative and authentic will be particularly welcomed. Submissions from individual researchers and teams will be considered. The proposal may aim to analyse all qualitative data, or the 2022 data only in the case of StudentSurvey.ie or the 2021 data for PGR StudentSurvey.ie (this survey runs biennially, with the most recent data collection having taken place in 2021).
A maximum number of five projects will be funded across StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie. The amount offered will range from a minimum of €5,000 to a maximum of €10,000, depending on the scale of the proposed work. StudentSurvey.ie reserves the right not to award the contract in the event that no proposal is found suitable, or to award all funding to one project only.
The data are generated by two questions; what does your institution do best to engage students in learning, and what could your institution do to improve students' engagement in learning?
In 2022, these questions were answered by approximately 22,700 respondents and 21,400 respondents respectively, amounting to approximately 430,000 words. Students may answer in Irish or English, with the majority choosing to answer in English. These questions have been in use since 2016, though the number of students who answer them has increased significantly over the years since then.
Significant quantitative data are collected by survey from 67 multiple choice questions, and numerous student and course characteristic variables are also recorded. These data could be made available depending on the nature of the project proposed.
Access the full tender document here.
The data are mainly generated by two questions; what aspects/ elements of your research degree programme are most valuable, and what aspects of your research degree experience could be improved? Nine additional questions seek additional comments to supplement answers given to quantitative multiple choice questions.
In 2021, these questions were answered by close to 2,000 respondents. Students may answer in Irish or English, with the majority choosing to answer in English. There are also qualitative data from the nationwide pilot survey in 2018 and data collected through the survey in 2019.
Significant quantitative data are collected by survey from 81 multiple choice questions, and numerous student and course characteristic variables are also recorded. These data could be made available depending on the nature of the project proposed.
Access the full tender document here.
Applicants should submit a short proposal (no more than 5 pages) detailing:
- The proposed approach to the work to meet the StudentSurvey.ie data analysis needs;
- Samples of previous work which demonstrate your/ your team’s capacity to carry out this work;
- The qualifications, suitability and relevant experience of the person(s) who will undertake the work;
- Projected budget, in as much detail as possible.
The StudentSurvey.ie Analysis and Impact Group will award the bursary/ bursaries according to a weighing system with reference to the following criteria:
- Interpretation of the analysis needs and appropriateness of proposed methodology (30%);
- Quality and innovativeness of previous work (20%);
- Skills, qualifications and relevant experience of those proposed to undertake the work (30%);
- Overall value for money (20%).
Expected project outputs
- An analysis of some/ all qualitative data emerging from StudentSurvey.ie since 2016.
- A written report on the results of the analysis.
- A coding frame, or equivalent, which could be applied to future StudentSurvey.ie qualitative data emerging from the same questions (preferred but not required).
25 November: Deadline for tender
9 December: Notification of outcome of review
1 April: First draft of report
1 May: Delivery of all outputs
A little more about what we are hoping for
In June 2021 we published the results of five research projects analysing the qualitative data generated by the free-text response questions in StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie. These results are the first of their kind for StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie and we hoped they would be the first of many research projects involving the qualitative results of these surveys.
We are pleased to be in a position to offer a second round of bursaries for 2022-2023. We welcome projects of all types, using qualitative or quantitative data analysis methods. Those interested in making a submission should review the first five published projects (available HERE) and consider how to add to this body of work.
Questions which emerged from from the previous works or were not resolved by the previous works include how the results of analysis of qualitative data can be incorporated into online data visualisation dashboards, a deeper exploration of the impact of COVID-19 on students (read more about the additional qualitative data available from 2021 HERE), and a thorough literature review to inform the interpretation of the qualitative data.
Submissions which tackle these topics will be particularly welcomed.
Timeframe and notification
Proposals should reach the StudentSurvey.ie Project Manager, Dr Siobhán Nic Fhlannchadha, by 17.30 on Friday 25 November 2022.
Proposals by email will be accepted and should be sent in PDF format clearly labelled and dated. StudentSurvey.ie regrets that any proposals which are received late or are incomplete cannot be accepted. Postal applications cannot be accepted at this time. StudentSurvey.ie will not be liable for any costs incurred in the preparation of responses to this call for submissions. Any conflict of interest must be fully disclosed.
StudentSurvey.ie welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people and companies regardless of gender, marital or family status, age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or membership of the Traveller community.