Collecting qualitative data

Qualitative research focuses on collecting data and observations related to understanding the nature of concepts and phenomena and how and why things occur. Qualitative research is still empirical, but it does not involve collecting quantitative or numerical data. It provides context rich data, examines processes, and explores possible reasons for outcomes. Qualitative research is an underused method in research on agriculture, food systems, nutrition, and health, as seen through IMMANA's Evidence and Gap Map. Below you will find a variety of resources and guidance for qualitative data collection. 


Research manuals and guidance


Types of qualitative research methods


Examples of qualitative research tools and guides



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