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January 2020 | Methods

Starting off a strong and rigorous year, this month RESOLVE is providing resources on methods for research on violent extremism. The articles help match different types of research methods (e.g. interviews, surveys, focus groups, experimental methods, participant observation, agent-based modeling, social network analysis, etc.) to different types of research questions on violent extremism. Three common research subjects in violent extremism are 1) attitudes, 2) behaviors, and 3) social dynamics. To illustrate measures under these three categories and suitable methods to study them, the resources stand as examples using one or more possible methods to understand the three topics of focus. The first 4 articles are examples of researching attitudes, the next 5 of behaviors, and the last 5 of social dynamics.

Resolve Publication
Brandon Kendhammer and Adama Ousmanou
Despite the growing influence of Salafism on campuses, there is little evidence of extremist ideologies or of intra-Muslim ideological conflict. The need to maintain cordial relations wit...
Partner Publication
Lauren Van Metre
Focusing on six urban neighborhoods in Kenya, this report explores how key resilience factors have prevented or countered violent extremist activity at the local level. It is based on a o...