Welcome to Catalystas' Training on

Ethical Guidelines for Data Collection

This is an introductory, self-led course designed to teach the basics of how to conduct ethical qualitative data collection while in the field, with a focus on Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and observation techniques. 

The training consists of an introduction and eleven short video modules, each covering a specific topic related to qualitative methods of ethical data collection. The videos are currently available in English with Arabic subtitles. If your team needs another language, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

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This course is designed to provide you with a strong foundations in the basics of ethical data collection while in the field. It addresses how to prepare and conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions, as well as observation techniques, reporting standards, and data security practices. 

The course modules are:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1 – Preparations
  • Module 2 – Avoiding Bias
  • Module 3 – Body Language
  • Module 4 – Focus Group Discussions
  • Module 5 – Selection Criteria
  • Module 6 – Setting up for an FGD
  • Module 7 – Facilitating an FGD
  • Module 8 – Observing an FGD
  • Module 9 – How to End an FGD
  • Module 10 – Writing an FGD Report
  • Module 11 – Follow-Up and Confidentiality

The self-led video course is free! There is no need to register, subscribe, or pay. If you would like additional resources once you’ve completed the course, you can reach out to our team to purchase the accompanying handbook on ethical data collection, or inquire about pricing for an in-person training tailored to your organization’s needs. 

There is no registration necessary! Simply watch all the video modules available on our website or our YouTube channel. 

All of the video modules are available here on our website, as well as on our YouTube channel.

If you would like to purchase the accompanying handbook or inquire about an in-person or virtual training for your team, please reach out to us at [email protected]!

You can email [email protected] if you’re having trouble accessing any part of the course or materials.

No. The course is available as a free resource for you to watch at your convenience. Follow the course at your own pace, and re-watch the modules as many times as you need!

No, all of the modules are prerecorded. If you are interested in a live training, please reach out to our team at [email protected]!

60€

Catalystas Consulting's Handbook

Ethical Guidelines for Data Collection: Interviews, Focus Group Discussions, and in-Field Observation Techniques

The Handbook includes:


  • Introduction to the Basics of Field Research
  • Focus Group Discussions
  • Key Informant Interviews
  • Best Practices for Data Collection
  • Observation Techniques
  • Reporting on Primary Data
  • Data Safety and Security 
  • Tools, Exercises, and Rubrics 

Ready to learn more? Order our ethical data collection handbook now! 

If you think your team would benefit from accessing the handbook, but find the cost prohibitive, please reach out to us. Additionally, if your team would like to discuss accessing the handbook in another language, please get in touch with your request at [email protected]