This practical text integrates theoretical perspectives with guidelines for designing and implementing community-based qualitative research projects. Coverage of participatory research designs and approaches is complemented by chapters on specific aspects of this research process, such as developing relationships and sharing findings to strengthen programs. Included are useful handouts and templates for applying to the reader’s own projects, and end-of-chapter questions for self-reflection and class discussion. Readers will find the book’s engaging case studies, interdisciplinary real-life examples, and insights from project participants as a helpful foundation for future work in the field.

Observations, Fieldwork, and Other Data Collection

Introduction

This chapter describes approaches for conducting observations and fieldwork, along with other data collection methods that might be used within a CBQR study. This chapter also includes student reflections on the challenges entailed when conducting fieldwork, as well as examples of different sorts of visual and/or electronic documents and artifacts that can serve as a source of data within CBQR.

Learning Goals

After reading this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Describe different types of participant observation, and determine when certain participant observation approaches are most appropriate within community-based qualitative research (CBQR) studies.
  • Discuss some of the issues and challenges entailed when conducting field work.
  • Identify different types of textual and visual data and artifacts that might be used within CBQR, and ...
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