Researching in/from Nairobi

AO: This essay highlights some of the expectations, values and experiences of those producing qualitiative research data in and about Nairobi. You are invited to contribute your own analysis of the data through the annotate feature, building off of two expanding and iterative question sets here and/or here (use whichever feels more relevant for you).

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TRANSCRIPT: 190522_001 RESEARCHING IN/FROM NAIROBI

Transcript from one-on-one interview Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:16 AM – 11:44 AM Location: Research office of interlocutor (Nairobi, Kenya) Participant: Non-Kenyan woman with kinship ties to the country who resides in Nairobi and has been working at this research organization since early 2017...Read more

Sampling of Annotations

AO. Data needed to meaningful build on earlier research work

AO: Here the interlocutor describes a project where having the data available to look at (rather than just the final output) would have been particularly helpful. She also describes how...Read more

AO. Thick documentation of context and non-verbal cues

AO: This interlocutor perceived "good quality" qualitative data to be signaled through "thick" documentation which would include background context on the interpersonal relationship between the...Read more

AO. Time as a limiting factor for sharing (and using?) data

AO: The interlocutor indicates lack of time or being busy as a key determining factor for whether or not data would be uploaded and shared by others in the organization. She notes that currently,...Read more

AO. Inspiration and improved research design.

AO: This interlocutor raised the following perceived benefits of sharing:

- Internal knowledge management (being able to make sure those in the organization can access each others...Read more

AO. Using data in unintended ways beyond the scope of collection.

AO: This interlocutor raised the following challenges/risks of data sharing:

- Who is responsible/has the mandate/time to do the labor required to surface the...Read more

AO. "the more info, the easier to identify the person, but the less info, the less value for the researcher..."

AO: The interlocutor raised the double bind of anonymization of qualitative data:

"BC-MW-F-S-02 6:01
So internally I would want all of this information. So when even I can see anonymized...Read more

AO. "Impact" as "results" (vs "reach")

AO: Here, the interlocutor takes the time to carefully distinguish between "impact" (which she views as the "results") versus "reach" (how many people read something). Various publics are...Read more