OSC’s rigorous population-based surveys and baseline analyses underpin the foundation upon which sound development programming is built. OSC’s innovative approaches to sampling and instrument design allow statistically robust conclusions to be developed in fragile and/or austere contexts. OSC’s ability to establish project baselines, benchmark results against existing baselines, and even conduct longitudinal studies in these contexts is unique among its international peers.
OSC utilizes a broad array of qualitative research methods to ensure that project planners and implementers hone in on the cultural, economic, and political nuances that profoundly affects their work. By integrating data from a variety of methods, OSC develops richly contextualized analyses and strongly substantiate the findings it uses to develop key messages, rollout plans, and other key program activities.
- Mixed methods studies from inception to publication including but not limited to survey development, field data collection, data entry, data analysis, final reports, advocacy
- Baseline, midterm and final surveys
- KAP studies
- Quantitative nationally representative surveys
- Qualitative surveys
Lynn Lawry MD, MSPH, MSc (formerly Amowitz), is OSC’s Senior Director of Health, Research and Evaluation. Her research employs rigorous mixed methods which include both quantitative and qualitative methodologies for better social/ cultural understanding of populations as a means for getting at important context. She has more than 20 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations, the United Nations and governments has researched and worked in more than two dozen countries; many that were either conflict or post conflict settings. She has experience in documenting conflict health, human rights abuses, gender based violence, transitional justice, healthcare access, gender issues, food security, social norms, rights and programmatic opinions of beneficiaries, refugee and IDP needs and gaps, cross border migration health and security. She is a licensed medical doctor, epidemiologist, and biostatistician. She has been instrumental in changing the research methods, instruments and priorities the United Nations, US Agency for International Development and World Health Organization. She has more than 50 publications most of which are published in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Lawry earned her medical degree at East Carolina University School of Medicine, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Brown University, served as Chief Resident at the VA Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island, and completed a two-year General Medicine research fellowship with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School and a two-year Health and Human Rights fellowship with Physicians for Human Rights. She holds a faculty position in the Division of Women’s Health in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
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