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Common research tools, contrasting contexts: lessons from the Infomediaries team

by , September 9, 2010

Category: In-depth Studies, Infomediaries, News

The Lessons Report, written by Ricardo Ramirez, Andy Gordon, and Balaji Parthasarathy and the country research teams in Bangladesh, Chile, and Lithuania, captures the methodological journey covered to develop the Infomediaries study.

If you are wondering how we combined three country research teams (separate continents, different languages), three primary investigators (an additional set of separate countries and time zones), and six hypotheses to come up with common data collection tools… the answer is:  through many iterations and adjustments.

While the fieldwork is currently underway, this brief review will be of interest to scholars who are balancing highly contrasting contexts with a common set of research tools. View the Lessons Report here.

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Ricardo Ramirez is co-principal investigator of the Infomediary in-depth study together with Andy Gordon and Balaji Parthasarathy. He is a freelance consultant and researcher based in Canada. His work in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) emphasizes participatory action research. Ricardo has worked with communication as a component of rural and remote development projects with NGOs, universities, consulting firms, and the United Nations. He was associate professor of Capacity Development and Extension in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph (Ontario) where he remains as adjunct professor. He often collaborates with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in applied research on the monitoring and evaluation of ICT projects. In particular, he has been exploring the role of developmental evaluation approaches including Utilization Focused Evaluation.

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