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Ethnographic Case Study:

Disaster Preparedness

Scope

Apply the ethnographic research methods learned in class to help determine the level of disaster preparedness of the San Jose neighborhoods of Japantown and Hensley.

Details

Time frame: September – December 2016

Course: Ethnographic Research Methods; Grade: A

Methods: Participant observation, interview, qualitative data coding and analysis 

Process

Step 1

Define research goals:

How prepared are the residents of Japantown and Hensley for a disaster?

Step 2

Observation:

Observe residents and layout of a section of Japantown

Step 3

Interview:

  1. Write script protocol 

  2. Gain informed consent

  3. Interview a resident of Japantown

Step 4

Code data and determine themes.

Step 5

Synthesize the data and present a poster for the client, which was Japantown Prepared

Outcome

Determined people needed to be better prepared and that preparedness was influenced by various socio-economic factors.