This case focuses on the methods used in a year-long project aimed at understanding the ensemble of strategies and legal decision-making processes used by the National Assembly for Wales to reform the country's health system. The project was built around a core of immersive ethnographic methods, including fieldwork, participant observation, intensive interviewing, surveys, and longitudinal analyses conducted through diary and experience sampling. Several of these methods and their constituent techniques are discussed below, with the goal of illustrating the application of constructive methods practices to a set of complexly interrelated research questions. In addition to a dissertation, outcomes of the project included the creation of a policy toolkit for legislators' office staff, recommendations regarding changes and improvements in modes of service delivery, and recommendations for the reduction of health care disparities among racial and ethnic populations in Wales.
An Ethnography of Lawmaking in Wales: The Cultural Politics of Health Care Reform and Inequality Under National Devolution