The Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR)

An update on IQMR 2020 and COVID-19

March 27, 2020

We have spent the last few weeks with fingers firmly crossed, hoping that prospects would start looking a bit brighter for holding the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) at Syracuse University this June. Since they unfortunately have not, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone IQMR 2020.  This decision was guided by our concern for the health and well-being of the participants, faculty and staff who together make IQMR possible.

Postponing IQMR means that we will hold a "combined" Institute in June 2021. Our hope is that IQMR 2021 will include many of the participants who would have joined us this summer, as well as those who will be newly accepted for 2021.

Participants in IQMR are either selected from an "open pool" funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), or are nominated by a member school or department. Participants who were selected from the open pool to attend IQMR 2020 will have the option to hold their seats over to IQMR 2021. We will also be holding a new open pool competition in the Fall for next year’s institute, and we look forward to welcoming both cohorts at IQMR 2021.

Individual departments, schools and colleges also have the option of holding their 2020 nominations over to next year -- - so that their 2020 nominees and those they nominate to attend IQMR in 2021 would attend the Institute together in June 2021.

Although we will not be transitioning IQMR 2020 to an online format, in the interim we will offer online materials and resources of various types that will provide access to module leaders' expertise. We will share more information about these materials and resources as soon as they are available.

While disappointing in the short term, the postponement will not impact IQMR's strong trajectory. We fully plan to continue to hold the Institute in the years ahead; indeed, the NSF recently renewed its support for IQMR for 2021, 2022, and 2023.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding. Please be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.


IQMR Digital Brochure

Since its founding seventeen years ago, the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research has welcomed well over two thousand graduate students and junior faculty.

The institute seeks to enable participants to create and critique methodologically sophisticated qualitative research designs, including case studies, tests of necessity or sufficiency, and narrative or interpretive work. It explores the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of these methods, while emphasizing their relationships with alternative approaches. Short descriptions of some of the modules that were offered in 2019 can be found under "IQMR Module Description.”

IQMR attendees have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on their own qualitative research designs.