Stirring it up! Collaboration between quantitative and qualitative researchers

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The author (left) and the rest of his project group 

The mixed methods approach has only recently been conceptualised,[1] but for decades public health researchers have been combining qualitative and quantitative research methods in their studies. Both qualitative and quantitative methods provide a distinctive kind of evidence. When put together, they can complement each other and generate persuasive evidence that can influence both policy and practice[2]. However, collaboration between qualitative and quantitative researchers can be challenging.

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Volunteering for the 3rd HSR Global Symposium: Lessons from Cape Town 2014

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Conference participants from across the world praised the volunteer programme of the 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town for the hospitality and service it provided. This was possible because of the tireless work of a dedicated, well-trained and well-organised team of local organisers and volunteers. As the co-ordinators of this volunteer programme, we seek in this blog to share our experiences with the organisers of similar conferences.

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Vancouver, here we come!

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Researchers and educators from CHESAI are looking forward to a very active 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. As a collective, but also in collaboration with colleagues from other networks and organisations, we will be participating in a host of oral presentations, satelite & organised sessions, multimedia presentations and poster displays.

We would love to meet up with you in Vancouver. Please continue reading to see what we will be up to and where you can find us.

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Writing for and in HPSR: The Joy of the Writing Retreat

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The previous edition of this blog reflected on the rewards and challenges of collective writing across academic disciplines, as a way of enriching one’s HPSR work and coping with the pressure to publish. Today, we focus on the organisation and benefits of writing retreats, one of CHESAI’s key strategies for stimulating collective writing.

Writing retreats are one of the backbone activities of academic practice. They provide academics with dedicated space to write, discuss, get to know each other, and reach out to colleagues, while making progress on those papers that are often pushed aside due to myriad assignments in the office.

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