This brief provides an overview of considerations and lessons learned from conducting in-person mixed methods research in the context of COVID-19. It is intended for global and regional public health program implementers, evaluators, and donors in USAID priority countries. Using an applied example from the RISE II Integrated SBC Evaluation carried out by Breakthrough RESEARCH, the brief provides an overview of the COVID-19 situation in Niger and describes how researchers deliberated on various data collection strategies to conduct a mixed methods evaluation during a global pandemic. The brief then illustrates the steps undertaken to develop and implement a COVID-19 phased risk mitigation approach for in-person data collection and summarizes lessons learned from the experience.
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2021. “In-person data collection during COVID-19: Considerations and lessons learned from conducting mixed methods social and behavior change research in Niger,” Breakthrough RESEARCH Programmatic Research Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.