IPOR’s Field Research Course impresses in Zomba

Posted on Apr 19, 2023 at 13:19

The Institute of Public Opinion and Research - IPOR on 17 – 18 April 2023 successfully  conducted its first series of Field Research for Beginners short course in Zomba.

The Zomba training that was held at the Malawi College of Health Sciences, drew together participants from various academic fields.

IPOR's Director of Research and Operations, Dr. Boniface Dulani who facilitated the training on the first day, introduced the participants to field research with definitions of the types.

Drawing from his vast experience, Dr. Dulani explained with practical examples from IPOR research projects; for instance, the importance of embracing team work in the field, to surmount emerging challenges that may hamper data collection.

On another note, IPOR's Research Associate Funny Muthema emphasized on the critical role of obtaining the Informed Consent from survey respondents before commencing the survey. She also imparted knowledge on Survey Interviewing techniques.

During the second day of the training, IPOR's Director of Training and Programmes Dr. Michael Chasukwa commended the participants for taking keen interest to learn about research, which is amongst key catalysts for national development.

Dr. Chasukwa emphasized the need to obtain authorization from duty bearers at community level before field work, to avoid misconceptions.

Dr. Chasukwa highlighted the importance of collecting high quality data, hence explained to the participants that poor data brings an organization into disrepute and becomes costly at the same time.

One of IPOR's experienced Research Assistant, Saudi Maoni while engaging with the participants said field work requires commitment and dedication to surmount emerging challenges. Maoni impressed upon the participants that such approach is important to meet deadlines.

After successfully completing the short course in Zomba, IPOR Board Member Ms. Gloria Nkangadzula issued Certificates of Attendance to 52 participants.

Next; IPOR will take the course to Blantyre this week Thursday (20 - 21 April, 2023) at Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA).