Guidelines for Conducting Qualitative Research during COVID-19 (Guidance Note)
This is a guidance note outlining guidelines for conducting qualitative research during COVID-19; developed by the UN WOMEN agency in May 2020.
The primary aim of this guidance note is to provide a brief assessment of how COVID-19 impacts on our ability to undertake qualitative research and propose ways to mitigate that, while still ensuring the safety of the researcher and respondent. For ease of use, the guidance note is deliberately kept short and succinct. Where appropriate, the reader will be referred to other more detailed resources that can be consulted as needed and time permitting. This document is not aimed at providing an exhaustive explanation of qualitative research and how best to harness its powers when doing research during COVID-19 and its aftermath. Neither is it the document’s purpose to provide a detailed exposition of good practice in qualitative research as there is a vast amount of guidance on qualitative research in general.