Eight graduate students and two faculty members gathered recently (23-27 May 2016) for a workshop on Q methodology held in the Kent State University College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent, OH. The workshop was directed by Steven R. Brown, adjunct professor of evaluation and measurement in the College.
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The content of William Stephenson’s study, including various books and artifacts, have now been moved to the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP) at The University of Akron, OH, where they are awaiting processing.
The CCHP began as an America-only enterprise largely funded through grants, but it has since widened its scope to include more international materials. The Center has been most enthusiastic about Stephenson materials, and following its $3.5m renovation (probably in the autumn) there should be a sizable Stephenson presence there. The vacating of the Stephenson study marked the end of an 80-year era that was followed by the sale of the Stephenson home and the passing of Mariel (February 29), who had been living there since her father’s death (1989) and taking care of Mrs. Stephenson until her death in 2001.
Some impressions from the move:
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce statistical and methodological principles associated with the use of Q method in assessment and research, and to locate Q methodology in the framework of contemporary science. Attention will focus on factor-analytic and epistemological foundations followed by illustrative applications. Required textbook: Q Methodology (2nd ed.) by Bruce McKeown & Dan B. Thomas, Sage, 2013, ISBN-10: 1452242194. This course is approved for continuing education contact hours from the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board (RCS029601).
2 graduate credit hours, $990
EVAL 50093, CRN # 14599
EVAL 70093, CRN # 14600
Steven R Brown, instructor, Foundations, Leadership, and Administration
Qmethod(.org), as any platform for an academic association has a fine line to walk: on the one hand, it must be open and inclusive, but on the other hand, especially new users may expect high quality, uncontroversial resources from I4S as a sort of canonical source for things Q.
Qmethod.org is designed to fulfil both these goals.
An article out this month in the journal Evaluation demonstrates how Q-methodology can be used for evaluating collaboration between public service organisations. The tool in question is called POETQ (Partnership Online Evaluation Tool using Q). This is a tool that was inspired by earlier tools like FlashQ but designed to work across a range of devices and web browsers. The published article focuses on the rationale for designing such a tool and the challenge of designing a Q-set suitable for partnership evaluation.
For future reference, here are some notes on what I migrated from the old qmethod.org.
- All content that was still hyperlinked from the websites of qmethod.org was migrated, including all (available) old conference programs, news items and resources.
- The Qrefs is currently being transferred to a new, permanent home and will in the meantime be archived.
- I also added relevant material from Peter Schmolck’s Q website and some other Q websites.
- The old message board will not be migrated or set up again; it was hardly used, and duplicates the Q mailing list in some ways.
I’ve also migrated old content in such a way as to prevent new link rot: whenever possible (static), old URLs should still work as expected.
The progress of migration was tracked in this (public) Google Docs.
Unfortunately, a lot of the old stuff was already gone and/or had succumbed to link-rot (pointing to websites that no longer exist), especially the entire Q archive at http://facstaff.uww.edu/cottlec/QArchive/ – it’s gone. We’re setting up this page in a way to prevent future losses like this.