Learning Backwards

Learning Backwards

We came to Kisumu, Kenya expecting to work on a project we had poured hours of work into. After much time spent discussing our project, conducting lit reviews, and finalizing In-depth Interview questionnaires, it was disappointing to learn that we would not have our necessary approvals for our project until after our departure from Kisumu. While we are glad to know that our project is in amazing hands here at the Center for Global Reproductive Health, it was frustrating to come to terms with the fact that we would not be the ones to carry out the interview guides we had worked so hard on. As our time in Kisumu comes to a close, however, I am compelled to reflect on why this change of plans changed my trip for the better. Much discussion around research, especially when it comes to global health research, focuses on the importance of flexibility. Figuring out what to do when plans change and how to...
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A Qualitative Research Training Session at the Center for Reproductive Health in Kisumu, Kenya

A Qualitative Research Training Session at the Center for Reproductive Health in Kisumu, Kenya

Last week the office at the Duke Center for Reproductive Health in Kisumu held a two-day qualitative research training session led by facilitators Cyrilla Amanya and Muli Emmanuel from ACE, Africa. Attendees included the Duke Reproductive Health Center’s Kisumu staff, a DGHI master’s student, and members of the Duke Global Health Institute’s (DGHI) Student Research Training Program (SRT). The members of SRT (Andrea Chalem, Suzanna Larkin, and I) are here in Kisumu, Kenya for 8 weeks working on two different studies concerning cervical cancer awareness, screening, and prevention. Andrea is working on an mHealth study with Jacob Stocks, a master’s student at DGHI, and Suzanna and I are working on a stigma study. We used the In-Depth Interviews (IDIs) created for the stigma project as a jumping off point for discussion and role play during the qualitative training session. On day one, we learned helpful tips on how to make interviews conversational and comfortable for the participant. These included using the...
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