Bright Spots Mini-Lab

Mini-Lab activities help build the qualitative and mixed methods skills of students and public health practitioners.

Mini-Lab activities foster research and evaluation collaborations to find solutions to MCH public health needs by identifying and employing culturally-responsive, asset-based strategies rooted in the perspectives and experiences of individuals, families and communities.



Fall 2023 Sessions:

October 12, 2023 | 11:30am-1pm (CST) | Template Analysis as a Method for Rapid Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health Research

Template analysis is a structured approach in which researchers identify major domains covered in a data collection and provide summaries of participant responses for each domain. They then place each summary in a matrix to identify recurring themes under each domain.

In this workshop, attendees will build their understanding of:

  1. Recognizing when rapid qualitative methods would be most appropriate 
  2. Describing the steps of template analysis as a rapid qualitative method
  3. Proposing how to use template analysis in one’s own research program  

Access a list of resources on template analysis here.

Free and open to all! CE credits available.

Presenter Biographies:

Presenter Patrick Brady, PhD is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. He is a mixed methods researcher focused on enhancing food and nutrition security through social safety nets using action oriented and community engaged strategies. (

Presenter Grace Ryan, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. Her research focuses on supporting rural and under-resourced primary care and community settings to implement evidence-based interventions to improve adolescent health. She is a mixed-methods researcher, specializing in qualitative approaches, and began using rapid qualitative methods as a part of her work to support vaccine uptake d

uring the COVID-19 pandemic. (

Stay tuned for future Learning Lab sessions!

Past Fall 2022 Sessions:

  • Introduction to Coding Techniques with Prof. Johnny Saldaña on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 11am-1pm CST
  • Positive Deviance with Dr. Alex Foster on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 11am-1pm CST

Past Spring 2023 Sessions:

  • Parenting Practices and Childhood Obesity: A Positive Deviance Approach with Dr. Junia de Brito on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 11am-12pm CST
  • The Power of First Person Storytelling in Public Health with Allison Myers from the StoryCenter  on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 11am-1pm CST