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Qualitative methods are often essential in policy research, offering crucial insights into how a policy or program is actually implemented on the ground, how participants understand it, and how it plays out for individuals in specific cultural contexts living complex daily lives. This module introduces students to a variety of qualitative data collection techniques, including participant observation and in-depth interviewing, as well as how to formulate a research question, develop a research design, negotiate access to a research site or population, and satisfy human subjects' concerns. The course's emphasis will be on the types of data-gathering techniques that are most effective in policy-relevant research.