Advocacy through Field-Based Research (5 days)
A unique North-South development approach - Channelling data from field-based research to advocacy
- 3 - 7 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
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: 3 May 2013. Early bird fee available for payments until 3 April 2013.
Early bird fee / Full fee :
Above fees are in Swiss francs (CHF) and include tuition, training materials and handouts, lunch and refreshments during course breaks, and a course certificate.
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)
Introduction to the Course by Stefan Ziegler (trainer and facilitator):
This course is designed for practitioners working for governmental or non-governmental organisations that want to acquire hands-on skills to enhance their organisations’ capacity to do research and advocacy. The focus is on how doing research, ranging from questionnaires to surveys and other types of fieldwork, can be used for advocacy and for bringing about institutional and social change.
We will discuss the process of doing research for advocacy purposes, which includes effective strategies for collecting, analysing, and disseminating data. We will also discuss how research findings can be used effectively to advocate for under-resourced or disadvantaged communities on a local, national and international stage.
A number of field visits and exposure to expert visiting lecturers further enhances the learning and understanding processes in this diverse subject area.
Moreover, participants will develop a SMART project proposal that could enhance their organisation’s capacity to do evidence-based advocacy. Individual projects are then presented to a “donor” panel (which includes the trainer and associates) that will provide participants with professional and constructive feedback for how to design a project that best serves their organisation’s needs and aims.
The constructive support and training will aid participants in how to conceptualise, write, and design convincing proposals and how to develop effective research strategies. This will enhance participants’ ability to advocate and mobilise local, national and international stakeholders for desirable social changes and attract financial and institutional support for their organisations.
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.
- Humanitarian and development workers
- General researchers
- Communications professionals
- Project and programme managers
- Policy and decision makers (field and HQ)
- Heads of missions
- Grant writers
- External Relations personnel
How you and your organisation will benefit - Learning Objective
On this course participants will be able to:
- Define and develop their own project proposals with the direct assistance of experts
- Develop improved research techniques and data management approaches
- Adequately contextualise project methodologies
- Discover new and engaging ways to showcase research findings
- Better identify on-the-ground realities and draw upon field experiences
- Develop advocacy-related project proposals
- Creatively learn to mobilise for change for clients/beneficiaries
- Identify improved leveraging of international resources for local capacity building
1 Week Prior to Course
Linking Research to Advocacy
Kick-off for individual Advocacy Project ProposalParticipants 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.