The Qualitative Research section, commonly known by as ETT (Ethnographic Team) is under the Studies department.

The ETT (Qualitative Research) section carries out research using qualitative research (QR) data collection methods. Qualitative Research in general tries to answer the big question: HOW AND WHY DO PEOPLE BEHAVE THE WAY THEY BEHAVE?

QR data collection methods are quite many but those that are commonly used by the ETT include In-depth Interviewing (IDI- i.e. one-on-one interviews), Focus Group Discussion (FGD – i.e. between 6 to 12 people, with common characteristics (eg. adolescents, pregnant women, health workers, out of school teenagers), are involved into a focused discussion steered by a moderator and notetaker), and Observations where research assistants (observers) make observations of people’s behaviors while the observed are not aware that they are being observed.

With permission from the informants/participants, the team uses audio digital recorders (obuleediyo) to record whatever is being discussed. This recording is entirely meant to capture all the details of the discussion and facilitate smooth transcription.

After conducting the interview/discussion, the research assistant sits down and transcribes, i.e., listens to the recording while typing it out verbatim. It is then translated into English after which data editing and processing (coding) follows and then a draft report is produced.

ETT carries out its activities all over Rakai district most especially among cohort (RCCS)

participants. Sometimes, interviews are carried out among non-cohort participants and outside Rakai district.

ETT carries out activities throughout the year. Some studies take more than a year to accomplish while others take less than a year.

Our Location

The RHSP is located at the Uganda Virus Research Institute of the Ministry of Health in Entebbe (~15 minutes from Entebbe International airport) and in Kalisizo, Rakai District (about 2.30 hours from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda) where the Program has extensive field operations.