In order to capacitate Community Action Researchers (CARs) of USAID-funded Civil Society: Mutual Accountability Project in conducting participatory research, MITRA Samaj conducted “Training on Participatory Evidence Based Action Research” from February 1 to 5, at Hotel Shivam Plaza, Kathmandu.
During the 5-day training conducted with support from Equal Access and ISO partner Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN), MITRA Samaj had focused on familiarising CARs—33 in total: 25 females 8 males—with concept of research purpose, planning and its processes, mechanism of local level structure of the government in relation with public service delivery and its oversight, conflict sensitivity, power dynamics, Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI sensitivity), and networking and collaboration.
Furthermore, the participants—also volunteers of CS:MAP—were capacitated in utilising various research tools such as community mapping, service mapping, key actor analysis, timeline/event mapping, observation, road blocks, division of labour, interviews, focus group discussions. MITRA Samaj also clarified the roles and responsibilities of CARs, especially in relation to data management, documentation and reporting research findings through IVR (Interactive Voice Response System) and Mero Report developed by Equal Access.
As part of practical exercises, the participants conducted participatory research in issues related to health and agriculture among members of common assembly and LDAG (Listening Discussion and Action Groups) in Budhanilkantha municipality and Kageshwori Manohara municipality, working areas of SOCH Nepal, a CSO.