In order to understand how the events in one's life impact their current perceptions of well-being or quality of life, the Event History Calendar method of data collection is being used. Life event calendaring has become a highly respected and credible method as assessing an individuals biographical history. It allows for the assessment of multiple dimensions of a person's life that unfold simultaneously and that are interwoven both temporally and causally. This method is effective in overcoming the subjective and often elusive nature of memory by facilitating the reconstruction of memory through increasing the respondent's ability to place different activities within the same time frame during the interview process. Critical life events such as marriages, deaths, and births of children are used to help respondents remember less salient events such as school enrollment, details of employment, and living arrangements.
In May 2010, the Center staff along with EHC expert Dr. Robert Belli began the process of creating an Event History Calendar specific to the Pal project. Throughout the next 16 months, the Center staff, Dr. Belli, and the Center's Palestinian colleagues edited, re-arranged, cut, added, and reconfigured the Calendar to both accurately reflect the experiences of Palestinian and address the Center's research questions.
To date the EHC domains are as follows:
- Family Formation
- Significant Personal Separations
- Work for Pay (Employment)
- Household Amenities
- Imprisonment/Detention/House Arrest/Deportation
- Political Conflict Exposure
- Political Conflict Activity
- Political Affiliation
- Health Care
- Material Loss
- Access to Basic Needs
- Income Adequacy
If interested in more information about Event History Calendaring send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.