Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Qualitative research in child poverty/deprivation analysis

Qualitative research provides additional valuable information and comprehension to data collected through quantitative methods, it can reveal hidden problems that quantitative research may not expose. The benefits of qualitative research stem from its ability to reach greater depths of understanding by capturing children‘s feelings, attitudes and perspectives on various aspects of their lives and the political-economic contexts that shape their experiences of poverty. Although the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities guide strongly encourages countries undertaking child poverty/deprivation analysis to complement their statistical analysis with qualitative research, it does not provide guidance regarding how to conduct such research. This has been left to the country teams to decide upon.

Click here for an overview of how the Global Study country teams have provided extremely innovative and insightful ways for conducting qualitative research, to complement their statistical analysis of child poverty/deprivation