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Philippines : HRDC 12 trains member institutions on research tools.

Thirty-five individuals representing the member-agencies of the Health Research and Development Consortium (HRDC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 12 recently underwent training on qualitative research.

Dr. Zenaida P. HR Laidan, regional director of DOST, said the Qualitative Research: Development of Research Tools training on October 19-21 aims to enhance the understanding on basic qualitative research concepts and data collection methods.

I is also intended to develop skills on data collection and utilize learning strategies and evaluation tools such as active lecture for the discussion of basic qualitative research concepts; role plays, simulations and workshops; group work; and critiquing and processing sessions.

Crafting comprehensive survey instruments is much needed in advancing our researches for the purpose of attempting to resolve health issues, Dr. Laidan told the participants.

Dr. Eleanor Castillo, University of the Philippines professor emphasized in her presentation that qualitative research approaches are more appropriate to use when the objective of an inquiry involves exploration and explanation of the behavior rather than merely describing.

It is also fitting when a suitable vocabulary or lexicon of terms needed to communicate with the target group is not available, when the issue under investigation is better ascertained and when there is a need to explain the results of a quantitative study.

The training covered theoretical foundations of qualitative research, common qualitative data gathering tools, development of skills on the use of data collection techniques and development of appropriate tools for specific data collection techniques.

Same group trained on basic research methods last August 24-25.

Dr, Laidan emphasized that DOSt 12 seeks to sustain upgrading of research and development capabilities of its HRDC member institutions through conduct of appropriate trainings and seminars responsive to innovations and needs of R&D.

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