This group was launched in 2013 and aims to help scientists in HDSS centres with qualitative analysis. The first qualitative data analysis workshop was held in Pune in India in September 2013. It trained and guided participants in the preparation of social science-related papers for publication, based on health and demographic surveillance system data from INDEPTH member centres. Participants came from HDSS centres in five countries in Africa and three in Asia. The drafting of a social science paper for potential publication was a further outcome of the workshop.