Using the In-Service Teacher Training Survey Instrument (ITTSI)

I am currently using the In-Service Teacher Training Survey Instrument ( ITTSI ), by Evans et al., as a checklist for program details to include in a paper draft. I aim to include an appendix that runs through these details in a more succinct way, which has value for systematic review and other education programming reviews. Continue reading “Using the In-Service Teacher Training Survey Instrument (ITTSI)”

Country ownership: concept review and building

Work-in-progress! This is post was created as a commitment-device. It will support a paper (built on my thesis) I am working on. I will review existing literature (broadly defined) on the idea of country ownership. I will create a database of what I find, here. A chronological launch pad will be the Accra Agenda forContinue reading “Country ownership: concept review and building”

Reporting qualitative work (with skeptical readers in mind)

Inspired by a referee report completed recently, I decided to share my thoughts on reporting qualitative results. These aren’t codified norms but they reflect my understanding of qualitative (largely interview and observation) data collection and analysis, and personal – but I think reasonable — preferences. By commenting on report writing, I am obliquely making commentsContinue reading “Reporting qualitative work (with skeptical readers in mind)”

Addressing courtesy bias

I wrote this post for the IDinsight’s internal blog but I decided to share it here to encourage contributions. It will be great for people will weigh in with tactics they have tried! Please share in the comments your experiences with courtesy bias and the tactics you have used (seemingly successful and unsuccessful) — includingContinue reading “Addressing courtesy bias”

Daily(ish) debriefs during qualitative work

I miss being conducting interviews and data collection myself. One does get priced out of doing the things one likes! One way that I remain connected to the research is by conducting frequent debriefs during the data collection (and early analysis phase). Debriefing isn’t just self-serving; it improves the quality of qualitative data collected andContinue reading “Daily(ish) debriefs during qualitative work”

A brief history of jerrycans

Thanks to dissertation-writing procrastination a few years ago, I watched all eight series of Foyle’s War in an absurdly short amount of time. This–perhaps embarrassingly–is how I became familiar with WWII (and probably WWI) slang, such as calling Americans ‘Tommies’ and Germans ‘Jerries’ (the reasons behind German nickname are a point of speculation). Perhaps thisContinue reading “A brief history of jerrycans”

The art of managing direct reports

Before starting with IDinsight, I had only limited managerial experience–mostly managing field managers and survey teams. I certainly had not given much thought to management or how to do it in a meaningful way, beyond a general sense of wanting to get good work out of my team as well as keep them happy. NorContinue reading “The art of managing direct reports”

Checking-in during “field” work

It is not easy to transition from ‘researcher doing-the-data-collection‘ to supervisor of this sort of work, sending someone else to do the work. Especially, when that is part of the reasons you got into the business in the first place–perhaps especially for qual researchers (?). . Even though I check-in by phone at least onceContinue reading “Checking-in during “field” work”

A small research agenda on political understanding in the U.S: a proposal

From recent reading, like Strangers in their own land and The politics of resentment, three key themes keep coming up. To me, these themes suggest a possible research or journalistic agenda. The themes are: An overestimation of how many people work for the government in different forms and at different levels, how competently and efficientlyContinue reading “A small research agenda on political understanding in the U.S: a proposal”

Packard on History of Global Health: devastating first chapter (we need to do better)

While i intend to write more about Packard’s new book (delightfully if uncomfortably subtitled, interventions into the lives of others) once i am through with it, a paragraph in the opening chapter seemed both so important and accurate as to merit sharing immediately — particularly given the lessons it may hold for the Universal Health CoverageContinue reading “Packard on History of Global Health: devastating first chapter (we need to do better)”