Qualitative research for development – A guide for practitioners

Published: 2015
Author: Morten Skovdal and Flora Cornish, Save the Children Fund

Free download until 28 February 2017!


Thereafter contact Lucy@childprotectionforum.org

Qualitative research has much to offer to the practical work of humanitarian and development organizations. Growing recognition of the potential for qualitative research to enhance programme impact is putting pressure on development practitioners to adapt a ‘research approach’ in their monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning work. This introductory chapter starts off by outlining some of the ways in which qualitative research can be used to improve the impact, quality, and accountability of development projects and programmes. It will then introduce some basic principles of qualitative research and illustrate some of the ways in which qualitative research can be incorporated into various stages of the programme cycle.

Child and Youth-Centred Accountability – A Guide for Involving Young People in Monitoring & Evaluating Child Protection Systems

Published: 2012
Author: Vanessa Currie and Cheryl Heykoop for International Institute for Child Rights and Development

Child-Centred Accountability and Protection Evaluation (CAPE) is a multiinstitutional pilot project focused on assessing how the impact of child protection services and programs addressing sexual abuse and exploitation can be measured and evaluated from a child-centred perspective. As such, the project is centred on developing an understanding of the meaning of risk, protection and well-being from the perspectives of vulnerable young people, and translating this knowledge into actions to promote child rights-based system change in Brazil, Colombia and Thailand. The first phase of the CAPE Project
was supported financially by the Oak Foundation.

OUTCOME MAPPING – Building learning and reflection into development programs

Published: 2001
Author: Sarah Earl, Fred Carden & Terry Smutylo. Foreword by Michael Quinn Patton

More and more, development organizations are under pressure to demonstrate that their
programs result in significant and lasting changes in the well-being of their intended
beneficiaries.However, such “impacts” are often the product of a confluence of events for which
no single agency or group of agencies can realistically claim full credit. As a result, assessing
development impacts is problematic, yet many organizations continue to struggle to measure
results far beyond the reach of their programs.

Outcome Mapping recognizes that development is essentially about people relating to each
other and their environment. The originality of this approach lies in its shift away from assessing
the products of a program to focus on changes in behaviour, relationships, actions, and activities
in the people, groups, and organizations it works with directly. In doing so, Outcome Mapping
debunks many of the myths about measuring impact. It will help a program be specific about
the actors it targets, the changes it expects to see, and the strategies it employs and, as a result,
be more effective in terms of the results it achieves. This publication explains the various steps
in the outcome mapping approach and provides detailed information on workshop design and
facilitation. It includes numerous worksheets and examples.

Sarah Earl holds a master’s degree in Russian politics and development from Carleton
University and an MA in Russian history from the University of Toronto. She joined IDRC’s
Evaluation Unit in 1998. Fred Carden has taught and carried out research at York University, the
Cooperative College of Tanzania, the Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia), and the
University of Indonesia. Dr Carden is coauthor of Enhancing Organizational Performance
(IDRC 1999) and senior program specialist in IDRC’s Evaluation Unit. Terry Smutylo has been
the Director of IDRC’s Evaluation Unit since its creation in 1992. Mr Smutylo has worked
extensively throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in Canada, the United States,
and Europe, conducting evaluations, providing evaluation training, and facilitating workshops.

Presentation by Patrick Onyango – Kampala workshop, 17-18 August, 2016

Published: August 2016
Author: Patrick Onyango

Girl mothers in armed forces and groups and their children in Northern Uganda, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Participatory Action Research to assess and improve their situations.

PAR UNICEF PP presentation Girl Mothers Findings May 2010

Presentation by Eddy Walakira – Kampala workshop, 17-18 August, 2016

Published: August 2016
Author: Eddy Walakira

This presentation looks at the results of a War Child Holland initiative in Northern Uganda around prevention of violence against children in a post war setting.

Presentation by Mike Wessells – Kampala workshop, 17-18 August 2016

Published: August 2016
Author: Mike Wessells

Mike Wessells’ presentation at the Kampala workshop 17-18 August 2016 where he discusses questions about community driven child protection which keep him awake at night.

Presentation: Possibilities, Perils and Pitfalls of doing a CP-KAP

Published: March 2014
Author: Dr Monica Ruiz-Casares

Dr Monica Ruiz-Casares’ presentation for the webinar “Research on a Shoestring” 17th March 2014.

Presentation: Puff adders, taxi lords and budgets from hell – an A-Z of research disasters

Published: March 2014
Author: Dr. Lucie Cluver

Dr Lucie Cluver’s presentation from the webinar “Research in a shoestring” 17th March 2014

Community Child Protection Exchange Roadmap to ICASA 2013

Published: 2013
Author: Child Protection Forum

Use this roadmap to navigate ICASA and access the most relevant sessions, posters and other events concerning children, child protection, community action, child protection and health systems strengthening and HIV and AIDS.

Please note that there are many more sessions not listed here which relate to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) or vertical transmission. Only those which reflect the key words below have been included. For the most part this excludes sessions of a clinical nature.

Sessions and posters focusing on HIV and AIDS issues but which potentially have lessons for the chid protection community have also been included.

Key words and phrases include: child participation, child protection, child and adolescent rights, children affected by HIV and AIDS, children with disabilities, community action, community-based, community dialogues, discrimination, family, informal, mental health, multi-sectoral, new technologies, older people, orphans and vulnerable children, psychosocial support, social protection, stigma, systems strengthening, violence against children, youth.

Policy and programming resource guide for child protection systems strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa- a resource guide

Published: 2012
Author: Interagency working group on child protection systems in sub-Saharan Africa

This Resource Guide is intended to provide practical tools and resources for two related groups of stakeholder users:

1. country level policy and decision makers who are in a position to oversee or contribute to system building efforts (including those technical experts who would make use of the resources and tools to develop the data and decision points to inform policy and decisions)

2. international and country level partners who are providing technical assistance and/or funding aimed at system strengthening. The guide includes programming and policy tools and resources designed to improve the national protection response at both the central and decentralized level, but focuses primarily on upstream interventions.

Plan Comparative Analysis of community based child protection mechanisms in Asia – Methodology report

Published: 2012
Author: Plan International

This report describes the methodology used by Plan for their comparative analysis of community based child protection mechanisms. The report includes the full set of tools used.

Supporting Young Carers: Programme guidelines for households in which young people are caring for other household members

Published: June 2012
Author: REPSSI

The overall aims of the guidelines are to help young carers:

1.To feel more empowered (by the acquisition of new knowledge and skills) and less vulnerable in their role as young carers;

2.To feel more supported (by other individuals and groups) in their role as a young carer.

Child Protection Manual – National Training Curriculum, Republic of Uganda

Published: 2011
Author: Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation Uganda

The national training manual on child protection in Uganda which aims to ensure the harmonisation, standardisation and institutionalisation of Child Protection Training Materials in Uganda.

Anaylsis, Design and Planning Tool (ADAPT) for Child Protection

Published: 2011
Author: World Vision

The ADAPT for Child Protection is a toolkit produced by World Vision for its own programme staff. It has been specifically designed to help with the identification, prioritisation and root cause analysis of child protection issues.

It also helps with the identification and mapping of the systems that are in place to protect children. The toolkit is broken into two major parts.

The first part guides the reader through a national level child protection analysis.

The second part guides programme staff, local partners and other key stakeholders through a local level child protection analysis.

Please note that this is the first draft of ADAPT and it is due for a revision before the end of 2012.

Mainstreaming Psychosocial Care and Support – Facilitating community support structures: lessons learned from Uganda about community-based psychosocial and mental health interventions

Published: January, 2010
Author: REPSSI and TPO Uganda

Practical information about community-based psychosocial and mental health interventions in the aftermath of emergency situations. This learning is derived from the experiences of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation in Uganda (TPO) and REPSSI.

Advocacy through community engagement

Published: 2009
Author: Child Hope UK

The Child Advocacy Project is a collaborative approach to advocacy addressing access to children’s rights. Working in partnership, four partner organisations have developed strategies for improving access to health, housing and welfare rights of children and families affected by HIV and AIDS and other vulnerable children in South Africa.

This booklet is part of a series on Collaborative Approaches to Advocacy in partnership with CINDI. It inspires community-based advocacy initiatives through community engagement strategies. Presenting a range of different community engagement methods, the booklet reflects on the strengths, weakness and key learnings of each approach to provide recommendations for others working in this sector.

The booklet is intended for use by other organisations and government departments working to promote vulnerable children’s access to their basic rights. It is our hope that it encourages further community engagement and advocacy to empower communities to improve the lives of children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

The Journey of Life: Community Workshops to Support Children 2005

Published: 2005
Author: REPSSI

Building upon “The Journey of Life: A Community Workshop to Support Children,” this 2005 publication includes much of what is available in that earlier workshop manual but also includes a section for holding workshops with children.

The Journey of Life: A Community Workshop to Support Children 2004

Published: 2004
Author: REPSSI

This 2004 publication from the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative, is a workshop designed to raise awareness of the problems and needs of children. It provides guidelines on how the community can find solutions. It was developed in southern and eastern Africa but has been used in a variety of settings. This 49-page booklet includes instructions for the facilitator(s) and concrete workshop planning tools.