Data Collection in August Town

Over a three day period (October 12-14) , team Balcostics was in the community of August Town interviewing residents. Thank you to the residents of this community for their warm welcome. Here are photo highlights from our visits:     At Balcostics our mission is to empower leaders with the required data and information to make…

Data Collection on Pedro Cays

Over a two day visit to Pedro Cays (November 6th to 8th), which is about 80 km south and southwest of Jamaica, our team collected data through face-to-face interviews with fisherfolks. Here are some highlights from our trip: Transportation The only means of transportation to Pedro Cays is by boat (or helicopter). Thanks to Captain Dennis who…

Fish Sanctuaries: Ensuring Jamaica’s Future Fish Supply

Recently we concluded a survey among fisherfolks across seven (7) fish sanctuaries in Jamaica

Conducting Qualitative Research across Jamaica: Highlights

Team Balcostics recently concluded a qualitative research (Focus Groups & Qualitative Surveys) project involving youths, small and large scale farmers across 9 parishes in Jamaica. The following are some lessons  learnt: Scheduling & organizing participants - give participants at least one week notice to prepare and adjust their schedule. Logistics - Some of the target groups were located in…

Training in the Electronic Data Collection System (EDACS)

Our team was trained in the use of eDACs, an automated paperless system developed by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN). This partnership with STATIN is a match made in statistics! We will collect data using tablet computers in our upcoming project with companies across Jamaica. Special thanks to Mr.Howard Hamilton. director of the information and…

Balcostics’ Office Opening in Mandeville

On August 16, 2013 we opened our head office in  Mandeville (Unit #7, Q-Villa Plaza, 5-7 Villa Road). This was truly a special occasion for us here at Balcostics as we also celebrated our second year in business. We would like to thank all the persons who assisted with this relocation and those who attended our…

Moments: Mogul in the Making 2013

Balcostics Limited was nominated in the Jamaica Observer's Mogul in the Making programme 2013. This year’s Mogul in the Making was held on July 10,2013 at the Courtleigh Auditorium. Twenty outstanding SMEs were recognized. We would like to extend our congratulations to all the Nominees and especially to those who were were selected as the…

The Research Continues: YS Falls & Negril

We continue to highlighting the fun side of researching in Jamaica. We visited the breadbasket parish of St. Elizabeth and went further west into Negril. Again, we use this medium to say thanks to the management and staff at YS Falls for warmly accommodating us - YS Falls is truly breathtaking and we do encourage…

Working and Enjoying Jamaica: Field Work

Working, researching and enjoying Jamaica - this has been our story in recent weeks. In our most recent exploration, we visited Dunn's River Falls, completing our work, while basking in the ambiance of Jamaica's natural environment. Thanks to the Management and Staff of Dunn's River for accommodating our Balcostics team. See highlights from our visit…

ProjectRita Training Seminar

Project Rita is the code name of our new and exciting project. We will be researching to aid Jamaica's environmental and cultural resources. We've been contracted by one of America's top 5 environmental charities, but this is as much as we can say. Stay tune to learn more and follow us on this exciting research…