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Section 3: Get Involved

Section 3: How to Get Involved

Chapters | SIGs | Committees | Board of Directors | Write an Article | Advance Program

QRCA invites you to get involved with your colleagues! Each opportunity provides a way to learn, build your business, generate new ideas and connect with like-minded peers.


Every QRCA member belongs to a chapter, based on the location you put into your profile. QRCA chapters typically hold four events annually for members. Local chapter events are an essential way to network throughout the year and to continually learn. Chapter events range from a day of speakers sharing what’s new in the qual world to a happy hour where you can connect and share with colleagues. In addition to participating in your own chapter’s events, you are welcome to attend other chapter events, either in person or online (if video streaming is available). There are nearly 20 QRCA chapters featuring a wide variety of topics. To find upcoming events in your area, or across the world, take a look at the calendar and register!

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

QRCA members have access to members-only SIGs that focus on specific qualitative research disciplines. SIGs give members an outlet to network with others who have similar interests and an opportunity to share in-depth information and resources.  These virtual events provide new insights into specialized areas of qualitative research.

How do I join a SIG?
To join a SIG, sign into the QRCA website and click on the tab “Groups” in the top headers.


On the right hand side, there will be an area to join any group: SIG, Chapters, or Committees. From there you can view all groups that are available to join and a button for each to join.

How do I learn more about each SIG?SIGs
You can find more information about each QRCA SIG and the chair contact information here.  Any upcoming SIG events can also be found on the calendar on the QRCA main page.


What are committees and where can I find them?
QRCA has a variety of committees that are often seeking new volunteers. Committees have a wide range of interests including: sponsorship, membership, education and marketing. You can find descriptions of each committee as well as contact information for each committee chair here.

How do I join a committee?
To join a committee, you can contact the chair or chairs of the committee. You can also fill out the committee interest area in your profile, and QRCA will ensure you are connected to the committee chairs:


Once you are logged into the QRCA website, there is a field within the my profile area that is titled “Committee Interest”


From there you can choose any committees you are interested in joining and QRCA will ensure that the committee chair(s) reach out to you.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Who are the Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors is the governing body for QRCA and exists to serve you and the membership. They are always available for any questions, comments, or concerns. You can find the current list of board members here.

How do I become a board member?
Each year the Nominations Committee recommends candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. Board members may serve two consecutive two-year terms. The nominations process starts every year in the spring. Look for more information in your email or in QRCA newsletters during this time or reach out to for more information.

Write an Article for VIEWS or Qual Power Blog

VIEWS is our quarterly magazine containing practical and thought-provoking articles. Do you have an interesting case study, new research tool, or insights about trends and technologies affecting the industry? Showcase your expertise by writing an article! Simply reach out and share your idea with the editorial team. To learn more about QRCA’s VIEWS magazine, and search for informative articles on a wide variety of qual topics, click here.

QRCA’s Qual Power Blog provides another way for you to showcase your thought leadership related to qualitative research. The Digest e-newsletter features the newest blog and goes out to thousands of research professionals. Share your blog idea with and help both your business and QRCA as we promote the value and power of qual. To read the QRCA Qual Power Blog, click here.

QualPower Blog

Advance Program

The QRCA Advance Program recognizes members who demonstrate commitment to the profession by participating in ongoing professional development.

QRCA members earn Advance status by participating in QRCA and non-QRCA educational activities.  Members must earn 12 points in a calendar year to be eligible for status for the following year.

Members who earn Advance status will have their status noted in their Find a Researcher profile and have the ability to use the Advance badge to promote their status as a professional with a commitment to ongoing learning.

How do I start earning Advance Points?
It’s easy: attend QRCA events and everything else will be taken care of! If you attend any QRCA chapter meeting, SIG, or conference, the points will be recorded for you. If you write an article for VIEWS, you will receive points that will go into your profile once the issue comes out. Below is the breakdown of the number points for each QRCA event:

Member Graph

Non-QRCA activities also count toward Advance status. To qualify, these events must have content that is relevant specifically to the practice of qualitative research. If you attend or present at any industry related events or author an article for a qualitative research related organization, you can receive Advance Points. To receive those points, you must fill out this form and the points will be input into your profile. Here are the different types of non-QRCA events that are applicable for Advance Points:

Member Graph

How do I learn more?
To learn more and to find out how many Advance Points you have currently, click here.

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