Dr. Claudia Gollop, an associate professor at UNC at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently received a grant supplement for $110,523 to continue a research project titled “Analytic Techniques for Qualitative Metasynthesis.” The award is from the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health and will support this project through February 2005.
The project combines efforts between SILS and UNC at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing, where Professor Margarete Sandelowski is principal investigator and Assistant Professor Julie Barroso is co-principal investigator. Gollop joined the research team in the spring as co-investigator. She will work on the project until the fifth year of the grant. The grant also allowed the team to hire SILS student Ok Nam Park, who serves as research assistant.
“Analytic Techniques for Qualitative Metasynthesis” is directed toward the development of a set of guidelines to conduct metasyntheses of qualitative findings in health science research. The project focuses on qualitative studies of HIV-positive women as a method case. The ultimate goal of the project is to design a highly interactive web-based system and interactive handbook that will contain the guidelines.
“The idea is to help nurse researchers search for qualitative research better,” said Gollop. “It is a grand collaboration between researchers in SILS and the School of Nursing.”