Quantitative research can provide a comprehensive and descriptive profile of ‘what’ is happening and ‘where’. Quantitative methods generate data that is comparable across different populations, and over time. This data can be used to make generalisation from a research sample to a broader population, and to test particular theories and hypotheses.
Quantitative data is particularly valued in its potential to provide objective and measurable information concerning the impacts of programme interventions.
Indexes for Programming
Our team has particular expertise in designing ‘indexes’ for hard-to-measure variables. For example, we recently worked with Plan International to develop two quantifiable indexes that can be used for evaluating programming on child marriage cross-culturally. The first is designed to rank research subjects on a quantifiable ‘Child Marriage Acceptability Scale’. The second index scores communities according to the presence of structural conditions associated with the practice of child marriage.