Grounded Theory is used frequently and discussed often by qualitative researchers, and can be a very useful methodology for indepth analysis of data - yet it can be quite confusing for new researchers to learn about - partly because there are different variants and methods. Here, we provide a list of useful resources to help you get your head around grounded theory.
This practical guide can be accessed online, and comes with Global Health Social Sciences' complete recommendation! This book provides a practical way of thinking about GT in relation to your project, taking the reader through the stages involved with developing a coding framework and generating theory from your data.
Conducting good, ethical global health research is now more important than ever. Increased global mobility and connectivity mean that in today’s world there is no such thing as ‘local health’. As a collection, these stories offer a flexible resource for training across a variety of contexts, such as medical research organizations, universities, collaborative sites, and NGOs.
Assessing quality in qualitative research can be very different to other research types. Here we have compiled some resources which may help to assess the quality of research in different ways.
Useful videos about conducting focus groups for qualitative research
Useful YouTube videos about conducting qualitative research interviews
This bibliography provides a list of recommended resources for those who are using participatory visual methods in their work.
There are many different approaches to analysing qualitative data. This article aims to bring together resources and articles around some of the more common types of analysis, so that you can easily find what you need.
Sarah Drew shares her research diary about conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Malawi as part of a Clubfoot study.
Experiences conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Malawi: challenges in navigating a new culture and participant perceptionsby Sarah Drew
During ethnographic fieldwork a researcher works alongside participants to try to understand experiences and knowledge within a particular context. Ethnographers often spend long periods of time conducting fieldwork in order to achieve an insiders’ perspective. However, achieving this takes time and is not necessarily straightforward. This article focuses on some of the challenges I encountered of working within a new context, including personal interaction and mutual understanding of roles. It is hoped that future researchers will be encouraged to consider the impact of their own positionality on findings.
This excellent series of videos from Yale University provide an overview of qualitative research by Dr. Leslie Curry leads us through six modules covering essential topics in qualitative research, including what is qualitative research and how to use the most common methods, in-depth interviews and focus groups. These videos are intended to enhance participants' capacity to conceptualize, design, and conduct qualitative research in the health sciences.
Choosing your theoretical approach and methodology can be intimidating and confusing. Here we share useful articles which seek to overcome some of the common confusions.
Gender analysis entails researchers seeking to understand gender power relations and norms and their implications, including the nature of women’s, men’s, and people of other gender’s lives, how their needs and experiences differ, the causes and consequences of these differences, and how services and polices might address these differences.
Literature: The Cooking and Pneumonia Study (CAPS) in Malawi: A Nested Pilot of Photovoice Participatory Research Methodologyby Jane Ardrey, Nicola Desmond, Rachel Tolhurst, Kevin Mortimer
In January 2015, the use of Photovoice as a participatory research methodology was piloted at the Cooking and Pneumonia Study Chikhwawa site in Malawi. Photovoice is a photographic technique that allows communities (including women and marginalised groups) to share knowledge about their perspectives and priorities.
Guidance for non-economist audience on the importance of household costs related to seeking health care from the ACT Consortium.
Field trials of interventions against disease in low and middle income countries (LMICs) may be complex and expensive undertakings. This 3rd edition of the Field Trials Toolbox has been compiled by over 30 contributors with extensive direct experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of field trials in LMICs, and it attempts to document their accumulated experience for the guidance of those who might undertake field trials of health interventions. It can be read in its entirety as an introduction to the field and/or can serve as a reference volume during each of the different stages of planning, conducting, and analysing a field trial.
Towards an Understanding of Disengagement from HIV Treatment and Care in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Qualitative Studyby Norma C. Ware, Monique A. Wyatt, Elvin H. Geng, Sylvia F. Kaaya, Oche O. Agbaji, Winnie R. Muyindike, Guerino Chalamilla, Patricia A. Agaba
Quality assurance of qualitative research: a suggested approach for assessing and strengthening qualitative research within global health trialsby Joanna Reynolds, Susan Naiga, Lilian Taaka, Clare I. R. Chandler
The ACT consortium have developed and piloted an approach through which qualitative research activities can be assessed and strengthened: the ‘quality assessment and strengthening’ (QAS) approach. This article explains the QAS approach and gives an example protocol.