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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 11 Participatory methods for research on women's reproductive health Report of a workshop in Karnataka, India

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 11 Participatory methods for research on women's reproductive health Report of a workshop in Karnataka, India Elizabeth Tolley and Margaret E. Bentley Introduction objective is to provide community-based data that will influence program and policy There are many examples of the use of decisions for women's health. participatory methods and techniques for agricultural research or community-based rural The women's health research network meets development programs. The use of for regular training workshops and each group PRA/RRA/RAP methods in health and contributes to a quarterly newsletter, nutrition, although much less in comparison, is Qualitative Research Methods, which is edited at an exciting stage of development. There is a and distributed by the Department of Health need for more application and documentation of Services Studies, Tata Institute of Social the participatory methods for health-related Sciences (see References). Previous workshops programs and research. have focused on the theoretical concepts of more formal qualitative research methods, such In March 1992, the Johns Hopkins University as ethnographic techniques, key informant School of Public Health (JHU) and the Ford interviews, focus group interviews, direct Foundation/India (FF) sponsored a training observation, systematic note-taking and workshop on the use of participatory analysis. ...

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