Formative and operational research
We undertake both rapid ethnographic studies and longer-term fieldwork. In building a strong evidence base, we collect, analyse and apply empirical data to inform the design, content and orientation of policies and programmes focusing on the relevance, appropriateness and acceptability of interventions. We have developed a range of creative participatory tools that push applied qualitative research to the next level.
Working in the preparedness, response and recovery phases, we deliver rapid, usable intelligence for principled humanitarian action in complex environments. We deploy field-based personnel to provide insights that can shape interventions in real time, and provide remote support by accessing global networks of social scientists with both regional and thematic expertise.
Monitoring and evaluation
ongoing monitoring and evaluation is key to rigorous measurement, course-correction and reporting.. We design strategies and suitable criteria for multi-levelled monitoring and evaluation that clearly target a programmatic cycle and reporting requirements. We also conduct independent mid-term reviews and end-of-programme evaluations.
Training and capacity building
We deliver short courses to health, development and humanitarian professionals in the use of anthropology in global health and how to operationalise qualitative and mixed-methods data in community engagement initiatives. We also provide pre-deployment training to social scientists working in emergency settings.