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Johns Hopkins: Direct Observation – An Underutilized Formative Research Technique in Global Health

In a recent article published in Global Health: Science and Practice, Dr. Steven Harvey, an assistant professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, argues that direct observation uncovers insights that other techniques are unlikely to find and that it should be employed more often in global public health program design and implementation that depend on:

In four case studies, Dr. Harvey shows how direct observation found information no other data collection technique would have likely found. This information, in turn, proved essential in either correcting course or explaining why an intervention ultimately failed.

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