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Doing research ethically

A guide and toolkit for doing research and evaluation in an ethical way for international development practitioners and evaluators

South Africa learning review

Learning from our work in South Africa

Made in the Image of God: Caring for Creation (5-8 s)

Be a changemaker: Bible study 5-8-year-olds

Research Design resource

This is a guide to help practitioners develop and design a research or evaluation project. It sets out different sections to fill out to help guide you through this process and includes further questions to help you think through the research design process in more detail.  

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.

Agriculture scorecard

A report which assess the issues and recommendations, and checks whether they've been implemented by the MDAs.

National Revenue Authority scorecard

A report which assess the issues and recommendations, and checks whether they've been implemented by the MDAs.

Health scorecard

A report which assess the issues and recommendations, and checks whether they've been implemented by the MDAs.

Education scorecard

A report which assess the issues and recommendations, and checks whether they've been implemented by the MDAs.

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.  

2019 Tax Perception Survey Report

This Tax Perception Survey was undertaken by the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), led by Christian Aid under the DFID supported Public Financial Management (PFM) Project title “Strengthening Public Financial Management, Anti-Corruption and Accountability Institutions in Sierra Leone” to understand taxpayer perceptions on the taxes they pay, their knowledge of the tax system, and confidence level in those handling such taxes. It is also important to understand tax payers wider views of government and how this relates to their attitudes and motivation towards paying taxes.

Use and abuse of tax breaks: how tax incentives become harmful

Taxation is essential to raise sufficient, equitable and accountable financing for development. Only through taxation can governments fund public spending on the essential services at the quality and scale necessary to realise the rights of all citizens. Yet many Southern governments decide not to tax certain corporations and companies in the hope that this will attract cross-border investment. Despite mounting evidence that the practice of offering tax incentives is both largely ineffective and detrimental to development, it is widespread. This report explains how tax incentives can become harmful, and discusses what can be done to stop their abuse.

SABI Learning Review: Triggering Citizen Action

SABI is a programme operating in all 16 districts of Sierra Leone to increase citizen demands to their governments for the delivery of basic services. This learning review asked the question – has SABI succeeded in supporting community citizen action for effective governance and improved public services? It draws on SABI’s database of 786 community action plans, and interviews and groups discussions with implementing partners, youth accountability volunteers and community members.

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.