Qualitative research helps form useful relationships, optimize case study methodologies and provides a focus for suitable case study locations. However, it is recommended that this qualitative research is backed up with quantitative research (facts and figures). Verifying the suitability of potential case study locations via these research methods should complete the due diligence process on the case study location.
The following quantitative research is recommended by TotalCrypto:
- Census data, local currency inflation data, data from sources like The World Bank Open Data, and more, should be examined to identify suitable countries and case study locations. It is key that the case study location is the correct size and is in an area of suitable economic disadvantage. Poverty and unemployment data can also be used to assess the suitability of case study locations.
- Online tools like Nperf can be used to asses the local mobile data infrastructure in possible locations. At a minimum, 3G data coverage must be available.
- The latest crime statistics can be used to determine a locations safety. This will then be backed up with research on recent local news stories. The research from organizations like Transparency International can also be used to assess the corruption levels of the police in the target country.
- Tools like Google maps can be used to assess how close case study areas are to other larger settlements. It will also be leveraged to assess the provision of financial services to the community e.g. are there banks nearby?
- Research should be conducted to determine local salaries.