Conferences & Institutes

Grounded Theory

Using Grounded Theory in Your Research: Concepts and Application Intensive

Thursday May 28 & Friday May 29, 2020

Registration is now OPEN!


4/1/20 Announcement:  This course will be provided entirely online via Zoom on May 28-29, 2020.  In person participation is not available. Participants who registered prior to this date were sent notification via email of the change.  Please check your email for that communication and instructions.

Those registering on or after 4/1/20 should be aware that they are registering for the 2 day workshop presented on Zoom, not in person on campus. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time!

This intensive will provide you with an overview of the methods of grounded theory research within the context of its origins, history, and philosophical foundations.

The session is applicable to professionals and students in the health and social sciences.

Attendees will receive a didactic lecture on the tenets of grounded theory, an opportunity to frame a research question in their area of interest, a discussion of how to develop a grounded theory proposal, hands-on coding activities, and an activity focused on the critique of grounded theory research.

Participants must be able to attend both days of the intensive. Single day registration or participation is not permitted.

Recent attendees said...

"The speaker is very experienced in GT and open to share her works."

"Dr. Draucker was wonderful, she led an interactive course that was challenging and enlightening."

"She turned every question into an opportunity to teach."

" I appreciated the dialogue from my fellow students as well as the camaraderie...Dr. Draucker helped lead the group to the right conclusions."

"(Workshop was) Directly applicable to my research question"

"(I) have been able to better mentor students in selecting courses and methods that might more appropriately match their research interests."


  • What is Grounded Theory?

    Grounded theory is a qualitative research method that uses participant narratives to construct theoretical frameworks that explicate common psychosocial processes by which persons respond to or manage health, social, or organizational challenges.

    Grounded theory is used in a wide variety of disciplines such as nursing, medicine, social work, business, education, and the social sciences to guide research on the dynamic ways in which persons and organizations respond to real-world problems. The findings of grounded theory studies often provide foundational information needed to develop psychosocial health interventions, promote strategies of social change, and initiate changes in organization practices.

  • Fees

     Early bird (before April 15): $499

    Regular price (after April 15): $599

    Non-IU student rate: $399- please email with proof of current enrollment to receive a promo code for discounted rate.  ***Note: refunds will not be provided after registration if discount code is not requested. 

    IU faculty/student/staff rate: $299- please email from your IU email address to receive a promo code for discounted rate. ***Note: refunds will not be provided after registration if discount code is not requested. 

    Parking is not included in the registration fee. 

    Advance registration is required. No walk-ins are accepted.

    Payment in full by credit card is due at the time of registration. Internal transfer is accepted for IU faculty/staff only. On-site payment is not accepted. For questions about payment (only), contact Melissa Kocias at or by phone at 812-855-4224. 

    For information on cancellation, refund, and transfer policies, please see the registration and policies page.

  • Agenda

    ***Agenda is tentative and subject to change at any time.*

    Sample agenda from past years below:

    Day 1 - 
    Time Activity
    8 a.m.  Course introduction and overview
    8:30 a.m.  Background and philosophy of grounded theory
    10:30 a.m. Break
    10:45 a.m. Basic tenets and characteristics of grounded theory
    12 p.m. Lunch
    1 p.m. Grounded theory procedures:
    Sampling, data collection, data analysis
    2:30 p.m.  Break
    2:45 p.m. Initial coding exercise
     Day 2 - 
    Time Activity
    8 a.m.  Building the theory
    9 a.m. Writing the proposal:
    The psychosocial process
    Constructing the problem statement and the grounded theory question

    10 a.m. Break
    10:15 a.m.  Writing the proposal:
    Describing the methodology
    12 p.m.  Lunch
    1 p.m. Discussion of grounded theory studies
    2 p.m. Focused coding activity
    2:30 p.m.  Break
    2:45 p.m.  Focused coding activity
    4 p.m.  Wrap-up


  • Hotel Information

    Review this list of area hotels for overnight accommodations in the area where discounts may be available. This list provided as a courtesy for IUPUI visitors. The university cannot endorse nor recommend any specific business.

    *4/1/20: This course is now being held entirely online, and will not require travel to Indianapolis.

  • Contact Hours

    Will be determined in 2020.

    Attendance at all of the institute sessions and the completion of the institute evaluation is required. 


  • Registration Information

    **This workshop will be held online via Zoom on May 28 & 29. In person attendance is not available.**

    Click here to register!

    NOTE: Faculty/students*/staff seeking the discounted student or IU rates should send an email to per the instructions in the "fees" section of this website  to request discount code information prior to registration.  Refunds will NOT be provided if registrants do not request the promo code prior to registration/payment. 

    Contact us at if special accommodations are needed.

    *Please note, this registration page is for continuing education credits, NOT academic credits. If you are interested in taking this course for academic credit, please contact the graduate advisor for more information at 317-274-2806.