Qualitative document analysis
The International work stream (IWS) of Triple-S is conducting Qualitative Document Analysis (QDA) on a selected group of development partners’ policy, strategy, and guideline documents. The analysis has three objectives:
- To establish a baseline of sector policy for comparison with future policy changes;
- To analyse the congruence between policy document and practice-related documents (e.g. calls for proposals, project reports); and
- To serve as an engagement tool, alongside interviews with the development partners concerned.
QDA is a method of assessing documents in a rigorous and reliable manner through identifying the presence or absence of particular themes or issues.
Results from the first round of analysis indicate which service delivery concepts WASH organisations have focused on in previous years until 2009.
On 7 February 2013, international development partners discussed and analysed during an e-discussion the Triple-S Qualitative Document Analysis (QDA) reports. Participants generally found the QDA reports to be an important and welcomed piece of evidence-based research which effectively draws attention to significant problems in the sector. Read here for a summary of the meeting.
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