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Research

We have substantial experience in the design and implementation of surveys to provide data to understand issues holistically: from survey design, respondent sampling, interviewing techniques and quality control, up to data analysis and documentation. We offer a highly qualified and experienced research team with extensive knowledge and skills in large qualitative and quantitative household and community survey design, implementation, analysis, reporting and management, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E); socio-economic and environmental impact assessments; and data and information management.

We have excellent working knowledge of the research principles, technical methods and processes used to conduct systematic and objective research studies, including methods of data entry, collection and analysis, and summarizing and reporting results; working knowledge of various statistical tools (e.g., SPSS, STATA, CS-PRO, STATISTICA, MINITAB, etc) and related information technology.

Research and Analysis

We operate in hard to access and challenging environments where clients need accurate, insightful and evidence-based research combined with expert analysis to inform key decisions. 

We seek to partner local research organisations and, where none exist, help build capacity by employing and training local researchers. Our team of qualified professionals has experience managing local research teams, providing training and employing participatory research methods to ensure a legacy of research capacity is developed through our projects.

We use a variety of traditional and innovative methods to collect evidence and conduct analysis, including workshops, focus groups, surveys, interviews and quantitative modelling techniques.

Our Research Methods

We adopt the best in desk and field research practices, applying qualitative and quantitative approaches to complex issues. We corroborate sources of information, triangulate methods, and closely read data in order to capture finer points of meaning and often elusive social and cultural nuances. We ensure the voices of both beneficiaries and key stakeholders inform all our work, using a varied approach that includes interviews, focus groups, direct observation, participatory gatherings and perception surveys.

Knowledge Attitude and Perception (KAP) Surveys

Perception Surveying is employed to establish 'baseline' data on population perceptions as well as to establish and demonstrate trends as those perceptions change. We present our clients with statistically valid findings, minimising the impact of challenges associated with representative sampling in conflict-affected areas. We undertake research with trained local field staff to ensure relevant local sensitivities are accounted for, factoring in social affiliations, ethnicity and gender.

Focus Groups

Qualitative research techniques such as focus group discussions offer greater contextual detail and insights into social dynamics and atmospherics than quantitative studies. During focus group discussions, we undertake informal conversations between individuals who are led through a range of pre-selected themes. Such fora allow participants to speak amongst themselves, allowing concerns to be discussed openly.

In-depth Interviews

We adapt the content of interviews to meet the precise requirements of the client. Interviews are typically conducted with individuals of high social standing; leaders such as political, tribal or religious figures; teachers; and journalists but can be used effectively to gain an understanding of the concerns of citizens from all levels of society. We combine both interviews and focus group discussions to form a powerful qualitative research tool which reveals greater nuances than other research methods.

Participant Observation

We use this ethnographic method to gain insight into the behaviours and attitudes of individuals in their natural environment. Participant observations require a significant investment of time to enable people to gain familiarity with the researcher, and include a variety of interactive techniques used with local community members, including participatory mapping (the creation of sketches, for instance, to demonstrate land usage or ownership), photography workshops and drawing exercises with children.

Community Radio Outreach

This technique plays a pivotal role in engaging with people in insecure or hard to access areas. Working through the interface of community radio, information communications technologies that allow listeners to communicate their views via mobile phones are deployed to obtain a broader range of opinions than would otherwise be possible through traditional methods.

Our Data Collection Tools

INTEGEMS Research has embraced the potential of electronic surveys with the development of ODK, an electronic survey toolkit. ODK – an open source comprehensive survey design and implementation toolkit developed by Maryland University, which can handle even the most intricate survey designs and questionnaire structures. ODK vastly improves the quality and accuracy of data and it eliminates the whole separate data entry phase from data collection, producing data that is ready for analysis straight from the field. ODK has been developed for use on mobile technologies such as Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs), PDAs, and is fully compatible with Android operating systems. Due to its success, and all the benefits that cleaner, faster data brings, ODK is now being used by other partner organisations and researchers for implementing their surveys around the world. As INTEGEMS uses the Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) technology, and has strong experience in designing, executing and analysing surveys in developing countries, we thoroughly understand the real issues involved in the field and the complexities of programmes requiring multi-instrument and multi-phase panel surveys.