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Vol 3, Issue 1, pp 28-53, 2018

Qualitative, comparative, and collaborative research at large scale: The GENNOVATE field methodology

Author: Patti Petesch1*, Lone Badstue1, Laura Camfield2, Shelley Feldman3, Gordon Prain4, and Paula Kantor1.
1International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, CIMMYT
2University of East Anglia
3Cornell University
4International Potato Center, CIP
*Corresponding author: Patti@pattipetesch.com
.In memoriam

Abstract

We present a field-tested “medium-n” qualitative comparative methodology, which enhances understanding of the strong and fluid influence of gender norms on processes of local agricultural innovation in the Global South. The GENNOVATE approach (“Enabling Gender Equality in Agricultural and Environmental Innovation”) weaves together three broad methodological challenges—context, comparison, and collaboration—and highlights how addressing the social context of innovation contributes to applied research. We discuss GENNOVATE’s analytic approach, sampling framework, data collection, and analysis procedures, and reflect critically on the research strategies adopted to document and learn from the perspectives and experiences of over 7,000 women and men in 137 villages across 26 low- and middle-income countries.

Keywords: qualitative comparative research, gender norms, empowerment, agriculture

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