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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      From: Miriam Reddin Beegan [mailto:miriamreddin@...]
      Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2000 6:29 PM
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      Subject: Participatory Learning and Action Workshop in Ireland



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      Workshop in Participatory Research and Action/Qualitative Research

      Ireland, October 7th-13th, 2000

      GroundWork is offering a new two-part workshop, basic and advanced, for

      managers, sector specialists and researchers working in international

      development or donor organizations who want to learn more about how to do

      and how to commission participatory and qualitative research on education,

      health, microfinance or gender.

      The workshop will be held October 7th -13th 2000 in a seaside village on the

      west coast of Ireland. Registration closes when 18 participants have been

      selected. Days 1 and 2 (Saturday Oct 7th & Sunday Oct 8th) are for people

      who have little experience of participatory research, and who want to be

      brought up to speed. Attendees at days 1 and 2 then proceed to the advanced


      The advanced course, on days 3-7 (Monday Oct 9th - Friday Oct 13th inclusive)

      is for those who want to look at recent developments, and to explore the

      kinds of practical issues that managers and senior consultants face. You

      can register for the advanced course alone if you already have a strong

      record of experience in participatory research.

      GroundWork is an international consortium of consultants who specialize in

      approaches for bridging national and local perspectives to create meaningful

      policy and more effective local development. One of its strengths is the

      creation of research and design tools, both for grass-root and for high-tech

      applications in development. GroundWork has conducted many training

      workshops in participatory research and other research approaches in Africa,

      Asia, the United States and Europe. On previous courses, participants have

      included senior staff from the World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, CARE, IFAD, Save

      the Children, Ipas, Catholic Relief Services, and universities, among


      What will the workshop cover?

      Workshop sessions and field sessions in a local setting will be used to


      (a) what participatory research and action is, and how to do it

      (b) the theoretical underpinnings of participatory research approaches

      (c) how to use sampling and data aggregation to get large-scale results

      (d) how to use participatory research in organizations to make practical and

      policy decisions

      (e) what are the organizational requirements for using participatory

      approaches to produce information

      (f) how to commission a participatory research team and how to write terms

      of reference

      (g) where and how to use participatory research in the project cycle, and as

      part of research projects (this segment includes participatory monitoring

      and evaluation)

      (h) when participatory research is useful, and when other ways of producing

      information would be better

      (i) how to design a participatory research project, beginning to end

      (j) how to help communities to implement some of the results through their

      own resources and

      (k) how to apply what you have learned to your own sector.

      In addition to the common course materials, each participant will receive a

      manual showing how to carry out a sample participatory learning and action

      project in his/her chosen sector, education, health, gender or microfinance.


      Days 1-2:

      If you have not done participatory research before or have limited

      experience, you should attend days 1 and 2 to learn the basics and their

      practical application. You will then be prepared to join the sessions on

      days 3-7.

      basics of participatory research: identifying problems and assessing


      practice sessions


      If you have done some participatory research before, you should attend days

      3-7, where you will be able to add some additional qualitative research

      techniques to your repertoire, consider theoretical issues, improve your

      skills in design of participatory projects and be able to handle issues that

      cause practical problems for practitioners, such as data aggregation,

      sampling, analysis of qualitative data, "scaling up" and other

      methodological issues.

      Day 3:


      organizations and participatory research

      participatory research in the project cycle

      development of indicators through participatory research

      Day 4

      other qualitative techniques: focus groups, force field analysis, network

      analysis, emic research

      conventional techniques and where they can be integrated

      round table discussion

      preparation for field trip

      Day 5

      field trip

      Day 6

      field trip debriefing

      data analysis: low tech

      data analysis: high tech

      Day 7

      going beyond research: community mobilization

      sustainability analysis

      developing your own project: a practical exercise


      What will the workshop equip you to do?

      At the end of the workshop you should be able to

      - commission participatory research and prepare useful terms of reference

      - determine whether, where and how you can use participatory research in a

      project or in a larger piece of research

      - join a participatory exercise or project as a well-informed member of the


      Who should attend this workshop?

      We welcome people who want to learn from us and from fellow participants in

      a constructive, practical environment. Our target audience is

      - people working in national and international bodies, including government

      and non-governmental organizations, who need to be able to carry out

      participatory research or understand enough about it to commission other

      people to do so.

      - graduate students using participatory research in development-related




      Who should not attend this workshop?

      Who should not take this course? GroundWork welcomes all serious learners,

      but there are people who need a different course:

      1) the professional "workshopper" who simply moves from one workshop to

      another as part of a career process. A serious aim of our courses is that

      participants will use what they learn to become more informed practitioners

      or commissioners of participatory research.

      2) people who want to be trainers. This workshop is not a training of

      trainers program.

      Workshop facilitators


      The course will be facilitated by senior experts in participatory research

      from GroundWork. The two major facilitators for the workshop will be

      Eileen Kane, an anthropologist who has extensive experience in participatory

      approaches to education and health projects throughout the world. She is

      the author of Doing Your Own Research (Boyars 1993), Seeing for Yourself:

      Handbook for Research in Girls' Education (World Bank, 1995) and co-author

      of Doing Your Own Research, 2ND. Ed. (Boyars 2000) and specializes in

      research design, participatory research and planning, and research training

      for non-researchers.

      Mary O'Reilly-de BrĂșn, an anthropologist who has extensive experience of

      applying participatory research to gender issues and to education. She is

      co-author of Doing Your Own Research (London: Boyars, 2000) and has produced

      manuals on

      gender and on participatory learning and action for a wide variety of

      national and international organizations. She is currently directing a

      government-sponsored nation-wide participatory research project for women in


      These facilitators have also collaborated on a number of participatory

      tools, including the videos Groundwork, Two-Way PLA, and Invisible Voices.

      Venue and cost

      The workshop will take place in Kinvara, an attractive village on Galway Bay

      on the west coast of Ireland in a comfortable modern hotel that is one of

      the largest thatched buildings in Europe. (Participants who wish to combine

      this course with a break will find the area rich in scenic locations such as

      the Cliffs of Moher; sites of interest to naturalists such as the Burren, a

      world-famous limestone plain; archaeological and historical sites, fishing,

      championship golf courses, music and literary connections including the

      homes of William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory; and the renowned traditional

      music community of Doolin, County Clare.)

      The cost of the five day advanced course (days 3-7 only) is $1800.

      The cost for the entire seven-day course is US $ 2100.

      Costs include tuition, course materials, 6/8 nights' accommodation (private

      room and bath, breakfast and dinner) and a closing dinner in a

      seventh-century Irish castle. Because of the participatory, hands-on nature

      of the learning activities, the course is limited to eighteen participants.

      To apply, please complete the form at the end of this document and return to




      For more information, contact workshop@...

      Application Form for Participatory Learning and Action Workshop in Ireland, October 7th -13th,2000.


      email address

      address for postal correspondence

      daytime phone number


      evening phone number



      Please supply us with a brief statement about your experience, interests,

      etc., which will help us in determining whether this workshop can help to

      meet your needs.

      If you wish to attend the advanced course only (days 3-7), please give an

      account of your experience, including the participatory research techniques

      you have used, their applications in the projects you worked on, and the




      After receiving your application, we will inform you of your acceptance on

      the workshop, and we will then require payment in full. You will receive

      details of the payment procedure, and an information pack containing travel,

      visa, and other helpful information.

      Thank you.


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