Research is a core area in development and humanitarian programming. Some of the research activities normally undertaken by various programs to promote evidence-based planning include assessments, surveys and evaluations. These activities employ qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Qualitative research aims at generating an in-depth understanding of a specific program activity or event, rather than surface description of a large sample of a population. On the other hand, quantitative research focuses on gathering, analyzing and presenting numerical data and generalizing it across groups of people to explain a particular phenomenon.
Given the great significance of research in development and humanitarian work, we have planned a five-day training on Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies. The training aims at equipping participants with current knowledge, skills and best practices on research to improve the quality of their overall programming.
This five-day course aims at building the knowledge and competencies of participants on qualitative and quantitative research methods, through a combination of in-house training, practical field exercises and critique of the field work.
- Qualitative and quantitative research overview;
- Hypothesis setting;
- Research study design including sampling methods;
- Questionnaire development;
- Interviewing techniques;
- Observation techniques and tools;
- Participatory research techniques;
- Focus group discussion (FGD) techniques and tools;
- Key informant interview (KII) techniques and tools;
- Note-taking and coding;
- Qualitative and quantitative data analysis (Using SPSS, Nvivo and Ms Excel);
- Discussion of results.
Language of instruction
UN, Government and NGO staff including but not limited to program coordinators, project managers and officers.
The training methodology will consist of interactive plenary discussions, mini-lectures, group work (hum and buzz groups) and practical demonstrations.
The training cost is US$ 600 and it covers the tuition fees, learning materials, certification, meals and refreshments at the training venue. Further information will be provided upon inquiry.
Accommodation will be arranged upon request by applicants. However, the charges will be borne by the individual participant.
Tailor-made training option
We can provide your organization a tailor-made training with similar content but addressing your specific capacity needs. In case you want to explore this option, you can contact us to share with you a proposal for that training.