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

Friday 11 January 2019

The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Mokoro was delighted to host a seminar on qualitative evidence gathering methods. Following our previous seminar on collecting evidence for development, this seminar looked further into some of the qualitative approaches available and their use by and usefulness for policymakers and practitioners.

Our panel of four was chaired by Catherine Dom (Mokoro Principal Consultant). The speakers explored the value of qualitative/ alternative evidence and discussed various methods of qualitative/alternative evidence gathering, spoke to the issues around necessary synthesis of diverse data, and how quantitative and qualitative approaches to research can connect more meaningfully, with concrete examples from Plan’s Real Choices, Real Lives study, from HelpAge International Moldova programme, and DFID programmes in North Africa.

It was fascinating to listen to our speakers who approached the subject from different angles and to see how it all connected. The presentations provided lots of food for thought and stimulating discussions with our 50+ participants from a range of policy and practice perspectives.

Please stay tuned for more information, including video recordings and presentations from the seminar which will be published on our website shortly.

For full details on the seminar and speakers, please download the seminar flyer here.

Chair: Catherine Dom, Mokoro


James Copestake, University of Bath

Gary Goertz, University of Notre Dame

Bev Jones, Consultant, Port Meadow Consulting

Lilli Loveday, Plan International UK