Increasingly researchers, policy makers, government agencies and nonprofits/NGOs are becoming aware of the invaluable insights ethnographic and qualitative research provide in understanding the social, economic, environmental, and health challenges individuals and communities face.

Our mission is to provide research design, training and data analysis support to teams working to address these challenges. We can help meet the gaps in training and knowledge to ensure that your team attains the knowledge and skills needed to provide valuable input into the design of interventions and policies that empower individuals and communities to make needed changes to improve their own and others’ lives.

We provide services in research design, data analysis, training and coaching in qualitative research and implementation of interventions.

Research design

  • We work with your team to design appropriate qualitative approaches to gather the information you need to design and offer successful interventions and support to communities in specific settings.
  • With our expertise in ethnography, participant observation, participatory research, interviewing (individuals, couples, families, and focus groups) and other creative qualitative methods we can help your team optimize the data collection to meet your goals and objectives.

Data analysis

  • We lead and manage data coding and analysis for your team or we deliver training in Atlas.ti and Dedoose.
  • We assist in setting up protocols and processes to ensure best practices and success of your data analysis team.

Training plan for your team

  • We develop training packages to meet the specific needs of your team that either we lead or you implement.
  • We assist your team in reviewing and/or designing interview guides for your project, training them in questionnaire design and develop your team’s interviewing skills to ensure good quality data.
  • We provide one on one coaching and development of individual leaders on your team.

Transcription and translation

  • We provide guidance in approaches to transcription and translation to suit your needs.
  • We can provide referrals to transcription and translation services or manage the process for you.


HIV and safer conception study, test and treat, and prevention of mother to child transmission studies with Partners in Hope;, Lilongwe, Uganda.

Dr. Mindry is an exceptional collaborator. I have worked with her on mixed-method research projects both domestically and globally. She is organized, uses timelines, and always delivers on or before the planned deadline. Her product is nothing short of outstanding. She combines rigorous research training with real world experience, cultural sensitivity, humility, and humor. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.” Risa Hoffman, UCLA Infectious Diseases).

Mixed methods study on HIV and safer conception for couples affected by HIV in Uganda.

I have had the pleasure to work with Deborah for over 8 years on NIH-funded research involving HIV and reproductive health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa but also here in Los Angeles.  Deborah not only brought her methodological expertise in ethnographic analysis and innate sensitivity to cultural influences, but also a passion for work that serves the marginalized and underprivileged. Deborah is a joy to work with, and a true asset to any research team!” Glenn Wagner, RAND Corporation

Grassroots Soccer; HIV Prevention intervention in South Africa (PIs Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram and Prof. Mark Tomlinson).

HIV prevention intervention among sex workers in Kolkatta, India with Durbar Mahalia (PIs Dr. Smarajit Jana and Dr. Dallas Swendeman, UCLA)

Mobile health interventions for HIV affected individuals in Los Angeles County; obesity and nutrition study among women; parent-child relationship study with Dallas Swendeman, UCLA Global Center for Children and Families.

Developed the Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescents curriculum for teachers with Patricie Mukangarambe, BSc, MPH, UR College of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University of Rwanda, Department of Education under leadership of Azeb Tadesse, UCLA African Studies.

HIV support group study with the Ujamaa Center at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; (in collaboration with Bongi Zengele, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa).