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Qualitative Research Lead

Josué Meléndez Rodríguez is a PhD Student in Social Welfare and the Qualitative Research Lead for D-Lab at UC Berkeley. His work focuses on understanding and impacting social wellbeing within and through higher education. Josué came to Berkeley with a practice background, and his engagement with research officially began with doctoral studies. During his time at UC Berkeley, he has engaged courses, workshops, and other offerings about and assisted in conducting primarily qualitative research through the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, Graduate School of Education, D-Lab, and other UC Berkeley programs. He is currently conducting three qualitative research projects using MaxQDA for coding and analysis.


By Appointment

I provide consultations for qualitative research, including helping with choosing a methodology and methods, organizing interview guides, engaging in coding and analysis, including creating codes, drafting a code book, and applying and analyzing codes. I also help with understanding the benefits of using qualitative data analysis (QDA) software and the differences between programs. I use and am a trainer for MAXQDA, and can provide more substantive support for this particular program.

As D-Lab's Qualitative Research Lead, I'm happy to help you identify which of my colleagues may be able to offer support for your qualitative or mixed-methods research if you're having any difficulty identifying an appropriate consultant. As I also manage the qualitative workshops and presentations offered at D-Lab, I can help you identify potentially helpful offerings (e.g., already-scheduled presentations) and/or arrange a special offering (e.g., a workshop introducing QDA software) for your research group or class.

If you'd like to meet with me, please submit a request via this system. Your request should include both (1) an explanation of your consultation needs and (2) at least a few hour-long blocks of time when you would be able to meet at D-Lab in Barrows Hall. Please note that Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. are preferred. Please also note that due to my work schedule, I typically respond to D-Lab inquiries within 3 business days.

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