Drawing insights from qualitative interviews, participatory methods and case studies is critical for informing the work of social sector organisations. However, often these get reduced to anecdotes, testimonials and case stories. This programme is designed to help social sector organisations imagine and learn how to use qualitative tools effectively.
The certificate consists of two courses:
- Participatory Approaches to Research and Social Action
- Developing Analytical Case Studies
The first course will focus on using space, time and relational Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods in the context of social intervention design and assessment.
The second course will help participants learn how to systematically collect data, analyse and write analytical case studies focusing on individuals, communities and organisations.
The course pedagogy is designed specifically for practitioners, combining theory with hands-on practice. Participants will also be exposed to multiple examples from the field and encouraged to bring in their own experiences and challenges.
The programme will be delivered in a hybrid mode with two weeks of face-to-face classes followed by online classes.
By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
Select and use suitable participatory methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Collect, analyse data, and write analytical case studies.
Approach project areas with in-depth, inclusive and rigorous qualitative techniques.
Individuals with a minimum of two years experience in social sector organisations, movements, unions or development journalism. Participants are expected to have basic familiarity with qualitative tools such as semi-structured interviews.
Anuradha Nagaraj has been a journalist for the last 30 years. Until recently, she was the Correspondent reporting on just transition, climate change, migration and labour rights, at Thomson Reuters Foundation, Chennai. Her reporting on politics, crime, human trafficking, climate change, labour rights, migration, just transition, and personal essays have also been published in Scroll, Open Magazine, Caravan Magazine, besides being used globally by subscribers of Reuters News.
Ashok Kumar Sircar
Ashok Sircar leads the Centre for Local Democracy. He has been with Azim Premji University from 2011, and for the last five years, had headed the School of Development. He teaches a course on Political Economy of Land and Development in India, and Local Democracy and Development in India. He also earlier taught a course…
Gopi Sankar G
Gopi Sankar graduated from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat , and completed his PhD in Public Policy from Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-Bangalore). His doctoral research focused on institutional designs for market participation and livelihood security of smallholder farmers. In 2021, for nine months, he was a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow at Cornell…
Trained in community organisation and development, Porag has worked extensively on the issues of sustainable livelihood and disaster management both within urban and rural context for the last 16 years. Porag has worked on aspects of sustainable human development, including participatory natural resource management, livelihood promotion, community organisation, disaster response and management. He brings in…
Rajesh has more than 14 years of experience in the field of urban poverty dealing with issues of unorganised labour, financial inclusion, social security, migration, job placement, training and skill enhancement in the informal sector of the economy. He was previously associated with MAYA in their livelihood initiative, initiating Self Help Groups, Cooperatives, and Workers’…
The fee includes tuition fee, accommodation fee (for the on-campus components) and GST. Other expenses such as travel, food, etc., will have to be borne by the participant.
Financial assistance will be considered upon request. The decision will be at the discretion of the University.