Event posted by: NGO Management School Switzerland
A unique North-South development approach - Channelling data from field-based research to advocacy //
This course is organised in partnership with the Academic Cooperation Palestine Project ACPP and the Barrier Monitoring Unit BMU in the West Bank
Registration and course fees
Registration and payment deadline: 27 May 2013. Early bird fee available for payments until 3 April 2013.
Early bird fee / Full fee :
10% discount for returning students (within 12 months since the last course) or additional course participants from same organisation.
Click here to download the course leaflet (PDF format)
Fieldwork is often under-utilised and under-valued when mobilising for change. The potential of completed research surveys are frequently left untapped when trying to uncover interesting trends or phenomena locally, nationally or even internationally. Using findings efficiently can more effectively create change. The Advocacy through Field-based Research course aims to bridge the gap between collecting data, analysing and applying it successfully for advocacy.
This course is oriented towards those who are interested in acquiring the skills needed to link their organisations' research directly to advocacy. Conceived in the field, this training draws directly on experiences gained by researchers from a multitude of partners sharing a common need for improved information dissemination.
The 5-day course "Advocacy through Field-based Research" requires participants to conceptualise a project directly linked to their organisation. The participants are asked to come forward with a research project of their own which they want to link to their work. Through the course's topics and one-on-one work with the trainer, each participant will complete a project proposal and present to a "donor" panel (the trainer and associates). This hands-on approach gives everybody experience researching, writing and creating strategies, but also attracting support for the mobilisation of change.
The course methodology focuses on participative problem solving through associative and creative thinking. One third of the course will focus on theories and explanatory case studies while another third delves into course examples, participants' field experiences and developing project proposals. The final third is spent in the "field" with practitioners from a university and an advocacy-based organisation; this will contextualise the lessons learnt.
Participants are expected to create SMART proposals, to be motivated, participative, adhering to ethical professional standards while being tolerant of others as they take their cruise through these stimulating subjects. This self-teaching model will prepare participants for the realities of working in the field as well as to be flexible and self-reliant.
Who should attend
This training course is designed for those who already have some experience in research or advocacy related work. It is intended for individuals who have already developed an idea for a project they wish to put into practice.
How you and your organisation will benefit – Learning Objective
On this course participants will be able to:
1 Week Prior to Course
Project Proposal Formats are sent out to participants in advance.
Linking Research to Advocacy
Kick-off for individual Advocacy Project Proposal
Participants present their project proposal to work on during the entire course. Initial feedback from fellow participants will help put each proposal in context and map out its scope.
Advocacy Campaigns and Tools
Creating Advocacy Strategies
Guest Speakers from MSF Switzerland
Assessing Advocacy Strategies
"Donor" Panel Presentation
What is the Added Value in Linking Research and Advocacy?
As a participant, you can obtain an individual consultation from international experts on advocacy during the course.
This training course is designed for those who already have some experience in research or advocacy related work. It is intended in particular for:
Humanitarian and development workers
Project and programme managers
Policy and decision makers (field and HQ)
Heads of missions
External Relations personnel