Methods

Focus Groups: In this module, you will learn how to facilitate focus groups. A focus group is conducted to elicit nuanced opinions and attitudes about a particular topic, a person, or a product. We designed this with community based researchers in mind, but it will be helpful to anyone that’s looking to do a focus group for research purposes.

Indigenous Storytelling: In this module you will learn about Indigenous Storytelling, a research method based on Indigenous ways of knowing and producing knowledge, which can used to gather information for community-based research projects with Indigenous communities.

Participant Observation: In this module you will learn about Participant Observation, the systematic description of events, behaviours, and artifacts in the social setting chosen for study. Participant observation has been used in a variety of disciplines, including community based research, as a tool for collecting data about people, processes, and cultures in qualitative research.

Respondent-Driven Sampling: In this module you will learn about Respondent-driven Sampling (RDS), a network-based technique for estimating characteristics of hard-to-reach populations, which are often the focus of community-based research projects in HIV/AIDS.

Sensitive Topics: In this module you will learn about sensitive topics in research: what they are, how the influence the research process, and how to improve research in light of them.

Power and Context: In this module you will learn about how power and context influence the data collection process in research, including popular data collection approaches and the influence of context.

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