The project team shares a strong concern with respect to the relevance, reliability and comparability of the empirical data. Therefore, the project relies heavily on the production of primary data, which implies a strong investment in fieldwork. Data collection combines quantitative and qualitative tools.
Data collection tools
include questionnaire surveys and spatial econometrics. The latter is an innovative tool which combines geographical and other quantitative variables. It allows for regional level analysis and cartographic outputs. Qualitative tools
include open interviews, life histories and narratives, participant observation, review of internal documentation of microfinance institutions.