Approaches to Conducting Qualitative Research on Western-Based Research Misconduct Policy in Non-Western Countries


As a part of my former role in research compliance and administration within Indiana University, meetings with counterparts visiting from Moi University in 2010 began an in-depth journey into the ways in which Indiana University and Moi align on the issue of research integrity and the history as to the development of these policies at each university. As Moi personnel indicated their mutual interest in ensuring Moi’s compliance with U.S. policies and Indiana University obligations so as to better facilitate continued collaborative research efforts, I looked to the United States and Indiana University’s respective histories as an outline for the potential progression Kenya and Moi University could make in their research misconduct policies and procedures. However, once on-site in Kenya to perform the qualitative research utilizing proven methods, I found cultural differences required a less structured approach with greater flexibility to truly ascertain research answers and the best recommendations. Possessing this ability to pivot, when appropriate, allowed this particular type of research to proceed in a productive fashion and will assist you in adapting your methodology due to unique cultural and situational needs without jeopardizing the integrity of the research itself.

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