Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research: Reflections on the Research Approach Used to Understand the Complexity of Maternal Health Issues in South Sudan.

Elmusharaf, Khalifa and Byrne, Elaine and Manandhar, Mary and Hemmings, Joanne and O'Donovan, Diarmuid (2017) Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research: Reflections on the Research Approach Used to Understand the Complexity of Maternal Health Issues in South Sudan. Qualitative health research, 27 (9). pp. 1345-1358. ISSN 1049-7323

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Abstract

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 face-the extensive time and resources required to develop trusting relationships with the community to understand the local context and the social networks they form.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: University of Medical Sciences and Technology
Depositing User: Moneeb Hassan
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 05:58
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 05:58
URI: http://search.srh.edu.sd/id/eprint/3665

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