P. 1
No single research method can adequately address the complex interrelationships between family planning and women

No single research method can adequately address the complex interrelationships between family planning and women

|Views: 0|Likes:
Published by Nidhii Singh

More info:

Published by: Nidhii Singh on Mar 26, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOCX, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/28/2011

pdf

text

original

No single research method can adequately address the complex interrelationships between family planning and women's lives

. Therefore, the WSP used multiple methods. Through a participatory process and in collaboration with FHI staff and consultants, investigators in each country identified critical questions about women's experiences with family planning and designed their studies to answer these questions. The nature of the research questions determined methodologies used and often required combinations of techniques to explore issues from different perspectives.

Of the 26 WSP field studies, 20 used both qualitative and quantitative methods. Two used quantitative methods only, while four were entirely qualitative. (The remaining subproject focused on guideline development.) WSP investigators typically collected both qualitative and quantitative data, using the two approaches to complement each other and bring different strengths and challenges to the research process. Quantitative data describe, while qualitative data interpret. Quantitative studies measure occurrences, trends and relationships; generalize findings to larger populations; administer structured questionnaires; and essentially ask, "How many? How often? and How is one thing related to another?" Qualitative approaches seek depth, insight and understanding. They explore the perceptions of individuals and groups; stress intuitive judgment; invite study participants into a dialogue; and ask "Why? How? Under what circumstances?"

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->