Data collected from qualitative research methods serve two key functions for the successful design and execution of social policy interventions. Firstly, qualitative research methods provide project and policy designers and evaluators with a nuanced and thorough understanding of the needs of individuals, households, and communities as well as social relations and state-citizen relations. Qualitative research methods are particularly useful in capturing target communities’ reactions to social policy programs and interventions. Secondly, data collected using qualitative research methods for monitoring and evaluation purposes help identify both the successful and problematic features of a policy or project.This seminar is intended to familiarize researchers with the more commonly used qualitative research methods. It will help them to utilize these methods in their own research, or evaluate the qualitative work that others have done. Semi-structured interviews, in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, ethnographic work, qualitative data collection such as the use of images, personal experiences, biographical and historical methods are such methods that are used widely in social research, and which will be covered in this training at an introductory level.
This beginner-level course will also include a general introduction to data analysis software packages in particular NVIVO for qualitative researchers. NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software package, which is used widely among social scientists. It provides tools for qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data. The section of the course is designed as a hands-on workshop where participants will get to explore the basic functions of NVIVO for qualitative data coding and analysis. Participants will also be introduced to useful online manuals, which they can use to self-teach advanced functions of the software packages.
Participants: The course targets anyone involved in conducting a needs assessment for policy and project design purposes, and those who are involved in policy or project monitoring and evaluation activities. (10-20 people)
Prerequisites: No requirements
Duration: 1 day