On Wednesday, I leave for Nepal, and on Sunday, May 5, I begin teaching a six-day workshop on research methods and program evaluation. I’m excited to begin this journey, which has been in the works for over a year. My thanks again to Cheryl Martin, GVI’s Regional Director for Nepal and India, for her stellar work in helping to organize and plan this workshop. The participant list is hovering around 10 or 15. I’ll be teaching to a variety of organizations in Nepal including Welcome to My Yard, SASANE, and HART.
There are several challenges of designing a research and evaluation workshop for a six-day period. In this program, we’ll exploring both qualitative and qualitative research, as well as research and program evaluation. Typically, these areas are treated separately - each with their own paradigms, traditions, and approaches.
Increasingly, however, researchers across disciplines and applied fields are mixing methods, and the lines between basic and applied research are fading somewhat. I am trying to draw these traditions back together by emphasizing the common stages of research design and the importance of asking good questions. The syllabus includes sessions on:
Fundamentals of Research Design
Empirical or Scientific Methods
Posing Research Questions/Hypotheses
Research terminology: Population, Sampling, Selection Bias, Validity
Qualitative Methods and Research Design
Quantitative Methods and Research Design
Descriptive vs. Experimental Studies
Internal vs. External Validity
Mixed Methods and Experimental Studies
Analyzing Your Data
Communicating Your Findings
Program Evaluation Reports
This is a participatory workshop, so we will be following the stages of research design; participants will be applying these topics to their own organizations and work.