Data Collection: August Town, St. Andrew

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:

 

 

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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 brought us from Treasure Beach St Elizabeth in a 3-hour boat ride (Speed Boat) and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard who took us back to Kingston in a 7-hour boat ride.

 

Lodging

We spent two nights in this hurricane proof camp thanks to The Nature Conservancy.

 

Fisherfolks

Hundreds of fisherfolks make their living from Pedro Bank, we’re grateful they took some time out to share with us.

 

We are concerned about the unsanitary conditions on Middle Cay as there are no bathroom facilities for the fishermen and garbage pollution is a serious issue.

 

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Fish Sanctuaries: Ensuring Jamaica’s Future Fish Supply

Recently we concluded a survey among fisherfolks across seven (7) fish sanctuaries (Bluefields, Salt Harbour, Galleon Harbour, Three Bays, Boscobel, Oracabessa and Galleon St. Elizabeth) in Jamaica.

What is a Fish Sanctuary? 

A Fish Sanctuary is a coastal area where no fishing is allowed so that fish (and other sea life) have a sea haven to breed and grow to increase the fish stock and keep it healthy.

Here are some highlights from our visits:

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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 deep rural communities and finding the specific Focus Group venue proved challenging. Be cognizant of additional time for wrong turns (transportation) 🙂
  • Provide Refreshments – It’s a great way to make participants comfortable and they will likely share more information with you.

Here are some highlights from our numerous trips:

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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 technology (IT) division, Ms. Tannecia Blackwood, Mr. Boyd Goodin and the rest of the STATIN team for accommodating us.

 

Data Collection: Credit Unions across Jamaica

We would like to thank all the Credit Union Managers who took time out of their busy schedule to accommodate us.

See highlights:

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 opening. We believe that this initiative is a timely one, as we continue to grow and get better.

Should you be in Kingston and want to deliver questionnaires or other packages to us,you can still do so at TIC, UTech.

See highlights of our office opening below:

 

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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 “Three to Watch”.

We would like to thank the sponsors who made this programme possible: The Jamaica Observer, Scotiabank and the Jamaica Yellow Pages.

See highlights of the event below:

NCB SME Conference: Balcostics’ Moments

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Our team at the NCB SME Conference

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Informing persons about our research services

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Abi-Gaye and Luwayne listening attentively at the conference

Research in Bog Walk, St.Catherine

Our Balcostics Team is conducting research in the parish of St.Catherine!

See highlights

 

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 both Jamaicans and foreigners to check it out – Balcostics recommended (click on photos to view as slideshow).

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 below (click to view as slideshow):

In the Field: The Historic Falmouth Pier

See why we enjoy what we do! Our team had a wonderful time in Falmouth, see the highlights below (click on photos to view as slides):

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 journey. Researching for a greater cause! See pictures from our training seminar below (Click on photos to view as slideshow):