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Capacity building in complex qualitative–quantitative methodologies: strengthening an East African–UK collaborative network

Aims

This project is analysing and testing a new data collection tool which has the potential to be of benefit in improving health systems research in African contexts.

Investigators

Cristina Santos, Open University (Principal Investigator) 
Maureen Mackintosh, Open University 

Funding

This project is funded through The Open University’s internal top-up funding for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), as part of our work to support the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. 

Summary

The project arises from a larger project involving Dr Cristina Santos and Professor Maureen Mackintosh, How to link industrial and social innovation for inclusive development: lessons from tackling cancer care in Africa

As part of this project, an original framework for data collection and analysis of the pathways patients take through care was developed and adapted into a tool combining qualitative data collection and coding for quantitative analysis in an original format.

It became clear that this work has generated a methodological approach which has original features and is potentially of wider relevance than its initial application.

The Open University researchers are collaborating with Dr Mercy Karimi Njeru of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), an expert in mixed methods, to assess and develop the tool and share their knowledge among researchers in East Africa and the UK.

More information

The project emerges from the GCRF-funded project How to link industrial and social innovation for inclusive development: lessons from tackling cancer care in Africa.

Contact

Cristina Santos