The story behind the numbers: ‘making’, analysing & using qualitative evidence

Friday 11 January 2019

Mokoro are looking forward to hosting our next seminar on qualitative evidence gathering methods. The demand for generating evidence to report results, measure impact and learn and improve, has increased significantly in recent years. In our last seminar on collecting evidence for development, we looked broadly at the methodologies available to those generating evidence, as well as the politics around evidence, exploring who and what evidence is being produced for. This seminar will look further into some of the qualitative approaches available and their use by and usefulness for policymakers and practitioners.

Our panel will explore the value of qualitative/alternative evidence and how this complements quantitative data which, no matter how sophisticated, will never be able to predict or explain everything. It is not a matter of either – or. Instead, qualitative/alternative evidence may be conceived as a way of reconnecting with the stories behind the numbers. Our speakers will discuss various methods of qualitative/alternative evidence gathering, speak to the issues around necessary synthesis of diverse data, and how quantitative and qualitative approaches to research can connect more meaningfully.

The seminar will be chaired by Mokoro Principal Consultant, Catherine Dom, who will be joined by James Copestake (University of Bath), Gary Goertz (University of Notre Dame), Beverley Jones (Independent Consultant), and Lilli Loveday (Plan International UK) on the panel.

Registration for the seminar will start at 1.30 pm with the seminar starting at 2 pm. It will be held at The Old Fire Station in central Oxford. To read more about the event and our speakers, please download the flyer.

In order to confirm your attendance at the seminar, please email Liam Bluer ( before Thursday 20 December 2018.