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GIST draws on its networks of international experts and experienced field researchers to deliver unique insights into complex, restrictive environments. GIST partners and associates bring decades of experience in primary quantitative and qualitative research for aid, development and security programming in conflict and fragile states, including complex mixed methods research, network analysis, community mapping, political economy analysis, institutional and organisational analysis.We overlay open source and remote sensing data to provide integrated, comprehensive, cross-discipline research and analysis solutions for our clients. We pride ourselves on translating this research and analysis into meaningful client collaboration, providing focussed advice and recommendations that help shape policy and planning.

Local access and field research

We develop strong relationships with local civil society organisations, influential individuals, business, government, aid and development and security professionals, key figures in religious movements, community and business leaders, as well as multiple local service firms across the countries where we operate.

Open source and social media analysis

We utilise online sources, using linguistically and culturally appropriate analysts, to contextualise and supplement our field research and data analysis.

Data analysis: Our team delivers

  • Qualitative analysis of individual and group behaviours.
  • Statistical analysis to reveal patterns in perception and socio-economic survey data.
  • Social network analysis combining quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Geo-spatial and remote sensing data analysis.
  • Bulk data analysis and exploitation.

All of our research is multi-layered allowing us to triangulate data. Our clients are always informed as to the level of confidence we have in the information we provide.