Tools in Qualitative Research

Gain proficiency in qualitative research using participatory research methods and case studies.

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Drawing insights from qualitative interviews, participatory methods and case studies is critical for informing the work of social sector organisations. However, often these get reduced to anecdotes, testimonials and case stories. This programme is designed to help social sector organisations imagine and learn how to use qualitative tools effectively.

The certificate consists of two courses: 

  1. Participatory Approaches to Research and Social Action 
  2. Developing Analytical Case Studies 

The first course will focus on using space, time and relational Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods in the context of social intervention design and assessment.

The second course will help participants learn how to systematically collect data, analyse and write analytical case studies focusing on individuals, communities and organisations.

The course pedagogy is designed specifically for practitioners, combining theory with hands-on practice. Participants will also be exposed to multiple examples from the field and encouraged to bring in their own experiences and challenges. 

The programme will be delivered in a hybrid mode with two weeks of face-to-face classes followed by online classes.

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  1. Select and use suitable participatory methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation.

  2. Collect, analyse data, and write analytical case studies.

  3. Approach project areas with in-depth, inclusive and rigorous qualitative techniques.

Individuals with a minimum of two years experience in social sector organisations, movements, unions, or in development journalism. Participants are expected to have basic familiarity with qualitative tools such as semi-structured interviews.

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Selection Process

The participants will have to attend an online interview.

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