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Participatory ethnographic evaluation and research: reflections on the research approach used to understand the complexity of maternal health issues in South Sudan
Elmusharaf, Khalifa; Byrne, Elaine; Manandhar, Mary; Hemmings, Joanne; O'Donovan, Diarmuid
Many methodological approaches have been used to understand cultural dimensions to maternal health issues. Although a well-designed quantitative survey with a representative sample can provide essential information on trends in behavior, it does not necessarily establish a contextualized understanding of the complexity in which different behaviors occur. This article addresses how contextualized data can be collected in a short time and under conditions in which participants in conflict-affected zones might not have established, or time to establish, trust with the researchers. The solution, the Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research (PEER) approach, is illustrated through a study whereby South Sudanese marginalized women were trained to design research instruments, and collect and analyze qualitative data. PEER overcomes the problem that many ethnographic or participatory approaches faceā€”the extensive time and resources required to develop trusting relationships with the community to understand the local context and the social networks they form.
Keyword(s): participatory; ethnographic; qualitative; South Sudan; conflict-affected fragile states; maternal health
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Funder(s): Higher Education Authority
Citation(s): Qualitative Health Research; 27 (9), pp. 1345-1358
Publisher(s): SAGE Publications
First Indexed: 2016-11-05 05:50:15 Last Updated: 2017-10-15 06:36:58