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QRCA’s Online Qualitative Fundamentals Program

Total Credits: 7 Advance Credits

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Business Practices |  Consulting |  Moderating/Facilitation |  Project Management |  Research Design
Jennifer Dale |  Shannon Danzy |  Michelle Finzel |  Pam Goldfarb Liss |  Frank Gregory |  Kayte Hamilton |  Kristi Jackson, Ph.D. |  Katrina Noelle |  Fiona Ray |  Kristin Howell (formerly Schwitzer) |  Maria Virobik |  Rob Volpe |   1 more....
Approx. 7 Hours
Original Program Date:
Sep 01, 2020


The online qualitative toolkit has grown tremendously over the past 20 years, with new digital methodologies vastly expanding the ways we talk to consumers. No longer are we limited to just chat groups or messages boards; today’s digital toolkit includes everything from real-time virtual focus groups to remote ethnography and even social media listening. Mastering these tools is critical for today’s qualitative researchers.

QRCA’s new Online Qualitative Fundamentals program allows researchers to explore all aspects of online qualitative, from design to execution and analysis. Through seven learning modules, researchers will gain an understanding of the diverse tools available and how to use them to meet research objectives. 

After completing all seven modules, researchers will earn a QRCA Online Qualitative Fundamentals Certificate of Completion, which will demonstrate to current or prospective clients, colleagues, and employers that they have made a commitment to learning about online qualitative research with QRCA, the largest and most collaborative community of qualitative professionals worldwide.



Jennifer Dale's Profile

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President & CEO

InsideHeads, LLC

Jennifer Dale is President and CEO of InsideHeads, a full-service marketing research company conducting both quantitative and qualitative research online. At the forefront of online market research in 1996, she designed one of the first virtual focus facilities for conducting online focus groups. Today, InsideHeads designs and executes custom online research studies for clients in multiple industries across the globe. She is a frequent writer and presenter and co-author of “Qual-Online,The Essential Guide.” A member of QRCA since 2006, Jennifer co-chairs the Industry Relations Committee. She works virtually from Bonita Springs, Florida and St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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Director, Research & Strategy


Shannon Danzy is a New York City-based qualitative research and brand strategy consultant, specializing in digital qualitative methods, communications testing and agile hybrid methods such as online ethnography combined with remote usability. She began consulting in 2011 after a decade in account planning and market research. A member of QRCA, Insights Association, EPIC and UXPA, she chairs QRCA’s Young Professionals Grant Committee and the NYC chapter of the New Research Speakers Club; both initiatives that look to strengthen and diversify the future of the market research industry.

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Maryland Marketing Source, Inc.

Michelle Finzel has been saying, “Thank you for calling Maryland Marketing Source. How may I help you?” since she was 8-years-old. As the current President of Maryland Marketing Source, Inc., Michelle leverages her unique perspective of the industry’s development over the past 30 years and embraces the nuanced roles she has to play as a small business owner in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland in order to provide her clients with the streamlined results and personalized service they appreciate and expect. She also endeavors to ensure her company is an asset to the community by supporting other minority businesses, sponsoring local children’s sports teams, and engaging in projects that directly benefit the State of Maryland. Michelle has been published several times and has presented at several industry- and communications-focused conferences. She currently serves as Chair of the Field Committee for the Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA), has served on the board of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA), and is a member of the Insights Association (IA).

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President/Big Brain

LitBrains-Igniting Ideas!

With 20-plus years of experience in qualitative market research, Pam has talked to consumers about everything from soda pop, cows, toys and home appliances to video games, diabetes meters, shopping and technology.  She is president and ‘big brain’ of her qualitative research firm, LitBrains-Igniting Ideas! Pam is an avid speaker, writer and teacher on the best practices of moderating. A creative moderator who prides herself on being adept at a variety of methodologies and projective tools, Pam just recently presented to her qualitative research colleagues on new approaches to projective exercises for online and in person qualitative research events entitled ‘Primp Up Your Projectives’. She teaches a course at RIVA Market Research Institute on advanced moderating with kids and teens. With COVID-19 quickly moving our qualitative world to the online methodologies Pam has enjoyed doing for more than a decade, she is very exicted to move her RIVA course ‘Moderating with Kids and Teens’ online this fall. Pam is also on the board of directors of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association whose mission is to ensure the ongoing professionalism of qualitative research. After more than a decade living in New York and Washington DC, Pam currently lives back in her hometown of Minneapolis with her husband and pre-teen daughter.  

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NorthStar Solutions Group

Frank's path has taken him on a journey that always balances marketing strategy and consumer research.  Starting his career developing focus group and survey-based research methodologies, he then shifted towards digital & social media research as a way to understand consumer perceptions in the ever-changing marketing landscape.  Fast forward a decade in the social media analytics world, Frank brings a unique perspective in how to analyze the millions of social media comments consumers share every day across every imaginable topic, and how marketers can use these insights to understand relevant consumer perception & behavior trends that will drive their business forward.  Frank can provide guidance to the audience on why social media conversation analysis is important to researchers, what information is available (teaser: it's not just social media channels!), and what it takes to get started.  Currently, Frank leads the Social Media Intelligence practice at NorthStar Solutions Group, supporting research firms, ad agencies & marketing teams with analysis of topical social media conversations & audience interests.

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Client Partner Director

InsightsNow, Inc.

As a true hybrid researcher, Kayte Hamilton has dabbled in all kinds of research executions, including social media. As a Millennial, she's hyper aware of digital brand and product conversations and the impact they have on consumer decision making. Kayte (as well as Frank) both attended VCU Brandcenter, a Master’s program for advertising in Richmond, VA. Currently she's a Client Partner with InsightsNow, cultivating deep relationships with clients and researchers. 

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Dr. Kristi Jackson is a Qualitative Senior Scientist at QualityMetric. She also founded Queri in 2002 to provide resources and coaching to NVivo users worldwide. With over 25 years of experience in qualitative research design, data collection, analysis, reporting, and stakeholder relations, Kristi is an expert in a diverse array of qualitative methodologies. Her theoretical frames tend to be sociological and her research interests include conceptualizations of qualitative research transparency and the constantly changing spaces where qualitative researchers and technologies meet.


Kristi is the lead author of the 2019 edition of Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo. The 2013 edition of this book, which she also co-authored, is a Sage Publications best-seller.

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KNow Research/Scoot Insights

Katrina has worked tirelessly over her 17+ years in research to build a female-focused, full-service qualitative consultancy which specializes in creating client customized design by combining methodologies from traditional in-person research with online and mobile approaches. She is proud to have made KNow Research one of the newest, certified members of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Gaining an overall picture of a consumer’s world is a key factor to Katrina’s and her company’s success. Over the years, she has developed an impressive range of verticals and focused KNow’s studies on how products, services and industries interact with respondent’s lives. Katrina is also Co-Founder of Scoot Insights and an active member of Women in Research, Qualitative Research Consultant Association, the Insights Association and ESOMAR.

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Ready About

Fiona Ray founded Ready About Consumer Insights in 2013, after nearly 20 years experience helping brands develop strategies and communications at leading research and strategic consultancies and advertising agencies. As a Qualitative Researcher, she combines a background in strategy with a relentless curiosity about ‘the why’s’ behind people’s behavior and attitude.

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Beacon Research

Kristin Schwitzer launched Beacon Research, an independent full-service insights consultancy in 2000 and quickly started using online solutions, first with AOL chat groups and then with online bulletin boards. Within two years, online qualitative represented a strong majority of her work and has ever since. Like Jeff Walkowski, Kristin was a member of QRCA’s Online Task Force in the early 2000s and later became the Founder and 5-year Chair of QRCA’s Online Special Interest Group (SIG). Today, her work continues to utilize online and mobile methodologies, and online bulletin boards are still in her now-much-larger online toolbox.

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Maria Virobik began her career in advertising account management, but quickly came to her senses and has been working as a qualitative research consultant since 1997. She provides qualitative analysis and writing services as well as moral support to independent moderators and market researchers working in a broad range of categories. She joined QRCA in 2018 and is co-founder and chair of the Reporting & Analysis SIG. Originally hailing from Southern California, she and her husband now live in Santa Fe, NM with their marginally obedient French Bulldog, Ruby.

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Ignite 360

Rob founded Ignite 360 to deliver more than data to clients but real, actionable insights and recommendations. Leveraging his knowledge built over years working in marketing services at different agencies and client-side companies, Rob brings a practical application mindset to Ignite 360’s work. Specializing in innovation, shopper insights and brand strategy, Rob’s worked with and coached clients as they’ve made the transition from needs to jobs. Rob lives in San Francisco with his husband and 3 cats. He’s writing his first book “Everyday Americans: Discovering the 5 Steps to Empathy One Household at a Time”.   

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Owner/President Inc

Jeff Walkowski, co-chair of QRCA’s original Task Force on Online Qualitative in the early 2000s, is co-founder of the Online Moderator Training Institute, and co-editor of Qualitative Research Online (2004).  Many years ago he thought of changing his company’s name to Mr. Online.  He has a sweet tooth, with a particular weakness for cake-style donuts.

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