Methodological issues associated with combining quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding poverty dynamics: evidence from Uganda

Methodological issues associated with combining quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding poverty dynamics: evidence from Uganda

Combining methodological approaches to understanding poverty dynamics

This paper draws from ongoing research that aims to genuinely combine qualitative and quantitative (‘Q-Squared’) research methodologies to understand poverty dynamics in Uganda. Using existing nationally representative panel data, the authors use the same sampling frame and extend the panel by visiting the same households - collecting both life histories and further quantitative data. The results present a number of important lessons for future poverty research endeavors.

The paper provides a detailed outline of the methodological approach used, highlighting, for example, some of the sampling and tracing issues, and further practical issues that need to be considered. Some examples/techniques used to assist in the illustration of understanding issues of poverty dynamics are also provided.