The Ten Beads method: a novel way to collect quantitative data in rural Uganda

  • Francis Mulekya Bwambale | bwambale@umich.edu University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program, African Studies Center, MI, USA; Makerere University School of Public Health, Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care, Kampala, Uganda; University of Michigan School of Nursing, MI, USA, United States.
  • Cheryl A. Moyer University of Michigan Medical School, MI, United States.
  • Innocent Komakech World Health Organization, Karamoja, Uganda.
  • Fred Wabwire-Mangen Makerere University School of Public Health, Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care, Kampala, Uganda.
  • Jody R. Lori University of Michigan School of Nursing, MI, United States.

Abstract

This paper illustrates how locally appropriate methods can be used to collect quantitative data from illiterate respondents. This method uses local beads to represent quantities, which is a novel yet potentially valuable methodological improvement over standard Western survey methods.

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Published
2013-07-12
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Public Health Case Reports
Keywords:
survey methods, low literacy populations, developing countries, Uganda
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Bwambale, F., Moyer, C., Komakech, I., Wabwire-Mangen, F., & Lori, J. (2013). The Ten Beads method: a novel way to collect quantitative data in rural Uganda. Journal of Public Health Research, 2(1), e6. https://doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2013.e6