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Field Research

Field Research

Field Research


We provide social science research for international health projects and clinical trials

Focused ethnography

Offering focused ethnography, we complement your medical and epidemiological investigation or project’s implementation in the field. Our team consists of social scientists and epidemiologists with extensive field experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

 

Drawing on our expertise, we carry out field research tailored to your needs.

• Short term assignments targeted at specific research questions

• Long term participation as partners in consortia Focused ethnography


Research Strategies

The research strategy of our field work is adapted to the nature of the research question and the local socio-cultural context but most commonly include:

Qualitative Research
Qualitative research is an iterative, cumulative process. Starting from an open research question, it collects information through various methods, analyses/interprets this information, adjusts the questions or develops new questions based on what emerges from the preliminary interpretations, collects more information, interprets that information until a point of saturation is reached – i.e. when no more new information emerges from the data, and no new insights are generated. This approach requires flexibility in the adopted methods, in the number of participants recruited and the number and frequency of interviews, focus groups, etc.

Qualitative methods are often identified with participant observation, in-depth interviewing, fieldwork and ethnographic study. These anthropological techniques emphasise the immersion of the researcher in the research setting and the effort to uncover the meaning and significance of social phenomena for individuals in those settings. These techniques are ideal when studying social situations at the grassroots level; they help to gain insight into communities’ social structure and relationships and play an essential role in evaluating people’s acceptance of new public health interventions.

Quantitative Research
Basic patterns and relationships between previously assessed social phenomena are further evaluated through surveys targeting the most relevant sectors of the population.