In Q-Squared: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Poverty Analysis, author Paul Shaffer examines the underlying assumptions and implications of how we conceptualize and investigate poverty.
Shaffer focuses on a series of research initiatives that have used mixed method, combined qualitative and quantitative, or Q-Squared (Q²) approaches, to poverty analysis. The book serves as a lens to probe issues about knowledge claims made in poverty debates concerning who are the poor (identification analysis) and why they are poor (causal analysis). Q² provides an entry point to address foundational assumptions underlying approaches to poverty, and presents the strengths and limitations of different research methods and the ways they may be fruitfully combined.
IDRC has supported earlier work on the use of Q-squared theory and practice in poverty analysis.
Q-Squared: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Poverty Analysis is published by Oxford University Press
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