The Peace Frequency: Episode 48
Air Date: August 25, 2017
This podcast is part of a special Peace Frequency series on rule of law in practice, produced jointly by the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) and the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Global Campus. Each episode in this series offers a snapshot of a priority reform issue or insights on key skills for rule of law promotion in conflict-affected environments. In this podcast, INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher walk through quantitative and qualitative research processes with their colleague, Kristina Simion.
Kristina is INPROL’s Research Facilitator, and a desk officer for the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s rule of law program. She is also working towards her PhD at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance.
In 2016, Kristina leveraged her skills from working as a rule of law practitioner in the field and her knowledge acquired through rigorous academic study to author a Practitioner’s Guide: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Rule of Law Research. This INPROL publication offers step-by-step guidance to conducting appropriate, high quality research to inform holistic rule of law programming. In this interview, Kristina delves further into the topic – defining key terms and highlighting helpful research tools and tips for practitioners that want to establish a strong foundation for initiatives in conflict-affected and developing countries.
“[Q]ualitative methodology is interested in words and in generating text – for example through interviews or participant observation…if you use qualitative methodology you would be interested in people’s lived experiences of obstacles to accessing courts. Quantitative methodology on the other hand is more interested in numbers and things that you can measure – for example…[what] percentage of a population…experience obstacles in accessing courts.”
“I think it’s important to…define why and how the research can be of value to someone that participates in the research.”
“[W]hen you’re working as a rule of law practitioner in a field location, you’re providing assistance to processes that are more about development, and to do development properly, we need to have robust and correct information about the local setting.”
- Simion, Kristina. (2016). “Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Rule of Law Research.” The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL). https://www.inprol.org/publications/15582/qualitative-and-quantitative-approaches-to-rule-of-law-research.