Poverty reduction and regional integration (PRARI) data

Yeates, Nicola Poverty reduction and regional integration (PRARI) data. UKDS. https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-852837

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The data collection consists of a comprehensive User Guide, 48 transcripts from individual interviews and Toolkits workshops and background documents. The interviews and workshops were conducted with diverse participants drawn from policy and practitioner fields in two geographical areas of the world: the Southern African Development Community(SADC) region in Southern Africa, and the Union of South American Nations(UNASUR) region in South America. Research participants included public officials (spanning policy formation, bio-statistical experts, monitoring and evaluation) from government ministries and regional secretariats, and representatives of health and poverty-focused civil society organisations (service and advocacy non-governmental organisations, and health practitioners). The data is organised into two principal file strands: Interviews and Toolkits. The Interviews file strand is sub-divided into South America (UNASUR) and Southern Africa (SADC) components. Each of these strands contains qualitative data, while the Toolkits data also contains quantitative data (indicators). This data is already published in the Toolkits themselves and freely available, but for the convenience of the user of this dataset is included in this deposition. Transcripts of interviews and workshops relating to the UNASUR regional health governance component of the project are in the Spanish language, and this may limit access for some users; all other transcripts are in English. The User Guide contains further information about the organisation of the research within the project, the analytical methods framing the cross-regional comparative analysis and the Toolkits, a list of acronyms and abbreviations for the English and Spanish language elements of the project, and project documents (workshop schedules and sample project information sheets, consent forms and interview guides) in the English language.

The growing presence of multilateral regional organisations in public policy making is increasingly the subject of North-South and South-South development agendas. It is also generating development initiatives and research into the benefits of regional economic integration for public goods provision and for people living in poverty. Regional integration ambitions and initiatives extend beyond commercial trade and investment to embrace health and welfare policy. However, little is known about whether and how regional commitments on reducing poverty and enhancing social equity are being implemented in these domains, and what kinds of regional policy development processes are conducive to the emergence of embedded ‘pro-poor’ approaches in regional and national spheres. This project examined Southern multilateral regional organisations' approaches to poverty reduction through regional health policy, in particular access to health and medicines. It was guided by the following questions: what regional institutional practices and methods of regional policy formation are conducive to the emergence of embedded ‘pro-poor’ health strategies, and what can national, regional and international partners do to promote such practices and methods? The project investigated regional agendas and ambitions, regional programmes of action and regional processes of policy development of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). It undertook in-depth fieldwork in relation to SADC and UNASUR as regional organisations and in relation to low-income member states of SADC (Zambia, Swaziland) and UNASUR (Bolivia and Paraguay) which are confronted with serious socio-economic challenges, low levels of service delivery and immense public health challenges. The project also developed regional indicators-based monitoring systems. Previous such systems developed systems for monitoring regional integration policies in the economic sphere but this project sought to give proper attention to the regional social sphere. To this end, in collaboration with stakeholders from policy and practitioner communities in SADC and UNASUR regions, the project developed indicator-based systems (‘Toolkits’) for monitoring regional health policy change and success which incorporated a focus on ‘pro-poor’ indicators. The research design was informed by international comparative research methodology in relation to the study of SADC and UNASUR regional health governance, policy and programming, and by collaborative modes of Participatory Action Research in relation to the PRARI Monitoring Toolkits. Data was collected using available datasets and official documents plus individual interviews, workshops and consultations with sampled members of policy and practitioner communities within the SADC and UNASUR regions. These methods allowed the project to contribute evidence and analytical perspectives capable of informing processes of regionalisation as they relate to health policy, and in particular the health-poverty nexus.

Item Type: Research Dataset Record
Dataset Status: Finalised
Alternative Title: PRARI dataset
Dataset Access: https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-852837
Access Restrictions: The Data Collection is available for download to users registered with the UK Data Service
Collection Method: Data was generated through individual interviews and group workshops involving participants from policy and practitioner communities within two geo-political regions (SADC and UNASUR). Interviews and workshops were audio-recorded. Most of these were face-to-face, but some were undertaken by telephone. Sampling procedure was based on purposive section of interviewees and case studies. Research participants were purposively sampled based on expert knowledge and snowball strategies by three fieldwork teams. Extant specialist knowledge of the project team was supplemented by recommendations from policy actors working in the regional poverty-health field. Other data informing the analysis included existing published academic, policy and grey literature sources.
Processing: Interviews and workshops were audio-recorded and transcribed by professional transcription services organised and checked by the fieldwork teams. The fieldwork team responsible for data collection and assurance processes contacted interviewees so that they could check the transcript prior to finalisation. This was undertaken prior to the data being sent to the UK and the Open University. The co-Investigators gave specific assurance that their team had undertaken and fully completed this. A small minority of interviewees did not consent to be audio-recorded and in this case the researcher, under the supervision of the relevant co-Investigator, wrote a summary of the key points arising from the research interview. In accordance with the consent and fieldwork protocols the relevant fieldwork team contacted the interviewee so that s/he could check the validity of the notes. All transcripts in this deposition have been reviewed for quality assurance and anonymisation purposes. Participants (co-researchers) in the two PRARI monitoring Toolkits were known to each other. As they also wished to co-author the Toolkits Policy Brief and/or the final Toolkits documents they understood that in participating in the Toolkits development work and publication it would not be possible to protect their anonymity. However, the transcripts of the workshops have been anonymised with the aim of protecting the identities of the research participants/co-authors as well as to de-link them to specific statements and contributions.
Start Date: 15 March 2014
End Date: 31 December 2017
Temporal Extent: 01/03/2014 to 31/12/2015
Geographical Coverage: Southern Africa, South America
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Retention Rule: •10 years from project end date
Retention Date: 30 September 2027
Retention Action: Review
Copyright Holders: © 2017 Nicola Yeates
Keywords: participatory action research; Southern African Development Community; Union of South American Nations; social policy; health; alphanumeric data; textual data
Academic Unit or School: Social Policy and Criminology
Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ORO ID: 51528
Depositing User: Nicola Yeates
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 08:50
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 19:01
URI: https://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/51528

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