How to conduct a qualitative/ quantitative study? From planning to using findings

Brus, A.
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Date published
16 Feb 2017
Data planification & collection, Data visualisation & analysis

This practical guide presents the principles to observe when planning, collecting, analysing, sharing and using primary or secondary, quantitative or qualitative data. It also provides a Toolbox for the practical implementation of these principles by field teams. The breadth of material covered makes this a lengthy and detailed guide. However, it should not be read linearly. Keep in mind the context of your projected study, as well as your teams’ skills and knowledge. In other words, let your needs guide you and be a proactive reader!

What makes this guide valuable is its wealth of practical material. Indeed, several sources were drawn upon for its elaboration: the guide was shaped by the feedback and experiences of different Handicap International stakeholders1, as well as by fruitful collaboration with Terre des Hommes Lausanne, whose Operations and Technical Resources Division’s Quality and Accountability Unit made precious contributions.

The resulting guide is pragmatic and practical in intent. As well as laying down basic methodological principles, it also includes specific tools that support the nature of our interventions, such as our gender, age and disability sensitive activities, in contexts of both development and crisis.

1Innovation & Knowledge Management Unit, Impact, Monitoring & Evaluation Unit, Operations and Technical Resources Division – head office and field, Handicap International Foundation, Operational Advocacy Unit.