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Round Table Analysis

Data Analysis

The Round Table Analysis method is designed for the analysis of large qualitative data sets; each group of conversations collected through the Listening Rooms is analysed in this way. Round Table Analysis can be applied face-to-face and online.

Round Table Analysis invites key stakeholders with the audience and influence to make positive change for the cohort represented in the data to immerse themselves in the data set and co-create findings and recommendations. Stakeholders could be course leaders, student representatives, module leaders, senior leadership, or external stakeholders. All those around the table have an equal voice, as does the data.

Each stakeholder receives a sub-section of the data, at least a week prior to the session. The data is distributed in such a way that each transcript is read by at least two people, to reduce bias and to enable the analysis of the data from different perspectives. The facilitator of the Round Table Session reads all of the data and leads the stakeholders on a guided thematic discussion. Analysis of the data in this way allows the stakeholders to take ownership of the outcomes and stakeholders leave feeling motivated to take the work forward and inspire positive change at the University.