Practitioner Enquiry: Analysing and Using Data


The course considers two aspects of Practitioner Enquiry: data analysis and data use. Throughout the links between these two elements will be highlighted, emphasising at the data analysis stage how the data is intended to be presented and used in the workplace

The course covers:

  • Decisions about when data should be analysed
  • Techniques for analysing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Enhancing the quality of data analysis using reflexivity, peer review, data audit trails and interim reports
  • Understanding stakeholder expectations
  • Presenting data in formats intended to enable and encourage its use

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. The blended learning structure consists of online learning, workshops, tutorials, self-study, reflection, application of learning at work and the completion of assessment tasks.


At the end of the course you will undertake an assessment. This is a work based assessment rather than a theory based essay. Typically you will be required to apply what you have learnt to your practice, evaluating concepts for their applicability and usefulness.

The assessment format may be a written exercise, in-class presentation, project report or another appropriate method. A written piece would be around 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You will need to be in a work role (paid or unpaid) which allows you the scope to put the concepts learned into practice. There are no formal qualification requirements for entry; we assess suitability on each individual application.

Start dates

  • January 2017
  • May 2017