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GAGE baseline qualitative research tools


Written by Nicola Jones, Fiona Samuels

Although our understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities that adolescent girls and boys face has grown exponentially over the last decade, with adolescents becoming an increasingly visible target group within development (see, for example, Viner et al., 2015 and Harper et al., 2018), our understanding of what works remains nascent.

In seeking to address this, we observed that qualitative methodologies for working with especially young adolescents and evaluating programme effectiveness with young people remain relatively underdeveloped. In an effort to contribute to this fledgling field, the GAGE consortium undertook extensive formative fieldwork in five diverse contexts in 2016 to pilot a range of different methodological approaches and instruments, some inspired by studies undertaken in the Global North, others from the Global South, and through our team’s collective brainstorming on what had worked with this age group in past research.

The current set of tools reflects the collective learning among senior and junior researchers in the consortium from five country contexts across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Nicola Jones, Laura Camfield, Ernestina Coast, Fiona Samuels, Bassam Abu Hamad, Workneh Yadete, Wafaa Amayreh, Kifah Bani Odeh, Jude Sajdi, Sabina Rashid, Maheen Sultan, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall and Agnieszka Malachowska