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Thursday, May 19 • 14:00 - 14:45
Choice Modeling in Development LIMITED

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How can you do participatory research when you want to implement a new initiative based on activities that people have no experience of, and concepts that they have no understanding of? Discrete choice modeling is a technique that reveals underlying priorities related to the topic of interest. The technique was developed in the field of economics and commonly applied in transport and marketing. This presentation describes its use in a development research program in Kenya. The Low Cost Technologies project (funded by the UK DFID, EPSRC, and DECC) seeks to develop low-cost, energy-efficient technologies that can have a large scale impact at the bottom of the pyramid. Initial consultations with local experts identified a handful of devices that could make a difference in two contexts - domestic households, and rural health facilities. A discrete choice survey was designed to find out how important a number of design parameters would be to potential users. The use of computer assisted personal interviewing on mobile devices (tablets) was critical to the process, as making choices using paper would have been impractical. The Poimapper Plus platform was chosen on the basis that it could handle graphics in the options presented to respondents. Data has been gathered from 700 households, and 300 health professionals from across the country. The presentation will demonstrate the digital platform along with some examples of the findings.
(authors: Scott N., Cheruiyot M.)

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Mourine Chepkemoi

Research Assistant, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
Mourine is a research assistant at African Centre for Technology Studies. At ACTS Mourine has been involved in large and small projects ranging from USD 10,000 to USD 6 million which specific duties entails project coordination (research, collect and compile information) & implementations... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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