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Qualitative Enquiry for Rural Development : A review - Jon Moris

Qualitative Enquiry for Rural Development

A review

Paperback Published: 1st December 1993
ISBN: 9781853392153
Number Of Pages: 118

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This book is written for individuals engaged in formulating and implementing policies, plans, programmes and projects affecting rural areas of poor countries. Recognition of the contribution that qualitative enquiry can make has increased significantly, but a succinct and non-technical introduction to when and why qualitative techniques of enquiry should be favoured has been lacking; and this what this book sets out to provide. The primary concern is how the art of collecting data necessary to inform rural development practice can be improved, taking into account existing organizational and resource constraints. The text defines 'qualitative' in this context; surveys the types of information that practitioners of rural developing communities need to assemble; describes the main general techniques in use; recommends areas of potential improvements; and looks to the future of qualitative enquiry in the light of present trends and likely information needs.

Part 1 Introduction: outline; definition of qualitative enquiry. Part 2 The need for qualitative enquiry: institutional context; spheres of activity; key tasks, planning, implementation, evaluation; some neglected variables - at the agency level, at the community level; criteria for effective information supply. Part 3 The nature of qualitative enquiry: a rapid literature review, social science research, rapid rural appraisal (RRA), evaluation of social development projects, policy analysis, parallel developments in quantitative enquiry; some unifying principles - methodological pluralism, triangulation, professionalism; sources of information - documents, field visits, key informants, group meetings, participant observation, team studies, action research; conclusions: some key concepts - intelligence rather than applied research, indicators rather than co-efficients, key informants rather than respondents. Part 4 The application of qualitative enquiry: agricultural research and technology development, the transfer of technology model, farming systems research, farmer participatory research; other spheres of activity - the project cycle, planning investments in infrastructure, public sector services, rural marketing, savings and credit programme, disaster responses, sensitive topics, turbulent conditions; opportunities and constraints - methodological and weaknesses and research, ignorance and training, bureaucracy and institutional reform. Part 5 The future of qualitative enquiry: contemporary trends; future directions - real-time surveys, specialised PRA/RRA, disaster response, bureaucratisation of PVO-NGO activities; conclusion.

ISBN: 9781853392153
ISBN-10: 1853392154
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 118
Published: 1st December 1993
Publisher: ITDG Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2