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South Africa learning review

Learning from our work in South Africa

Accountable Governance, Power and Human Rights Framework

This document articulates how Christian Aid addresses power imbalances through accountable governance and equipping people to access their rights.

Balancing research and practice in an international NGO

REL Practice Paper 1 Ten Years of Change is a collaborative, long-term practitioner research initiative designed to take place in three countries – Colombia, Kenya and the UK. It is implemented by the Research, Evidence and Learning team at Christian Aid. The research began with the overarching question how are community members and supporters being influenced by, and influencing, processes of social change? Each country team adapted the question to make it relevant to their socio-political context, and designed research at several different levels, from local to national. This paper tells the story of the first three years of Ten Years of Change. It narrates our ideas and ambitions and how we clarified them; how we identified where, by whom and how the study would be implemented; and how we worked with colleagues in other countries to begin to translate our idea into practice. It then discusses the forces that shaped the parallel but distinct evolution of each of the three streams of the study, before reflecting on the challenges of trade-offs and power. It concludes by returning to some of our assumptions about practitioner research, reflecting on how they played out in practice, finally turning to considerations for the next stage of the study.  

Research and evaluation ToRs - a one-page guide

This is one of a series of one-page guides to support development practitioners to engage with different stages of the research process. It provides advice on creating terms of reference for research or evaluation projects.

Writing an executive summary - a one-page guide

This is one of a series of one-page guides to support development practitioners to engage with different stages of the research process. It provides advice on how to write an executive summary.

Writing research questions - a one-page guide

This is one of a series of one-page guides to support development practitioners to engage with different stages of the research process. It provides advice on formulating research questions.

Literature reviews - a one-page guide

This is one of a series of one-page guides to support development practitioners to engage with different stages of the research process. It provides advice on doing literature reviews.

Communicating research for uptake and impact - a one-page guide

This is one of a series of one-page guides to support development practitioners to engage with different stages of the research process. It provides advice on communicating research for uptake and impact.

Accessing academic journals: a one-page guide

This is one of a series of one-page guides to support development practitioners to engage with different stages of the research process. It provides advice on accessing academic journals.