Research We specialise in immersion studies whereby researchers live in people's homes including those of local service providers and join in their everyday lives(Reality Check Approach, reality-check-approach.com). In addition we facilitate video-based and other qualitative research such as focus group discussions and in-depth interviews, bringing our skills in participatory processes to each.
Reality Check Approach RCA is a qualitative research approach involving trained researchers living with people in their own homes including those of service providers and sharing in their everyday lives.This relaxed approach of informally‘hanging out’ with families and other community members enables easy and open conversations as well as first-hand experience and observation of daily life, providing unique insights into how context shapes the processes, motivations, behaviours and attitudes of people. Empatika’s technical advisor was involved in the very first RCA study, conducted in Bangladesh in 2006 and since that time members of the Empatika team have conducted over 30 RCA studies in nine countries across a wide range of topics including governance, education, social protection, market linkages, health, security, infrastructure, and post disaster recovery.
Video-based Research and Workshops Participatory video and digital storytelling(DST) processes encourage people to share first hand experiences and analyse their own situations. These may provide in-depth insights to complement findings from other qualitative research approaches or may be analysed as primary sources of research findings.
Other Qualitative Research We also facilitate focus group discussions and undertake in-depth interviews butbring to these our skills in participatory processes and experience in using empathy and informality to ensure people are enthusiastic to engage and share openly openly and, where possible, co-produce research.
We also support communities and people to develop their own indicators of change which reflect the direction and pace of change they want to see. These may be regularly monitored by them or reviewed by other externally supported means periodically.
To date, we have undertaken research in nine countries.
Some of our research has been within longitudinal mixed method evaluations where we work hard to ensure that the qualitative research approaches are customised, well sequenced and fully integrated to provide the best possible research outcomes.
Training All our training is based on our own experiences as researchers and draws on learning and reflections from research in a range of contexts. Currently, we offer training in:
Immersive research(the Reality Check Approach) - Level 1 training for field researchers(6 days)
Good qualitative research practices – focusing on the attitudes and behaviours critical for successful research outcomes as well as designing and implementing research to high quality and relevant standards(1-2 days)
Mixed methods research(in collaboration with quantitative research partners) –based on real-life case studies that we have been involved in (3-5 days including immersion)
Participatory video and digital story telling for facilitators (minimum 4 days)
Community-led monitoring and evaluation(Citizen Led Approach) - for practitioners including how to design and implement a system for people to monitor change themselves (6 days including field practicum)