SPOTLIGHT - Petra De Koker, Why The PREPARE Project Use Transcription - Way With Words Blog

Updated 1 August 2019

Petra de Koker, a researcher at the University of Cape Town, involved in the PREPARE project, has been a client of Way With Words for quite some time now.

Interview With Petra: Why The Prepare Project Uses Transcription?

Here, Petra speaks about the University of Cape Town, her PREPARE project, her need for transcription, and her satisfaction with Way With Words Transcription.

Briefly describe your university

UCT aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds. We aim to produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. UCT will promote diversity and transformation within our institution and beyond, including growing the next generation of academics.

Our project, PREPARE, is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. The overall purpose of this research project is to develop interventions which are effective in reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV) and unwanted pregnancies by changing sexual and reproductive behaviours among adolescents in selected sites in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main aim of the PREPARE project is to develop new and innovative programmes for the promotion of healthy sexual practices among adolescents in their early adolescence (in school grades corresponding to the age groups 12-14 years) using schools as a gateway to delivery.

Why do you have audio files transcribed?

As part of our research we often conduct interviews and group discussions. In order to capture everything that has been said, we transcribe our audio files.

How do you use these transcripts?

We code them manually and electronically (using data software), meaning that we search for themes and constructs. We also use direct quotes of various participants to state our findings. These quotes are captured in the transcripts.

How do transcripts add value to your business?

They capture and enrich the data.

Why do you use Way With Words for your transcription needs?

Way With Words is very professional, delivers on time and returns high quality transcripts.

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