The effectiveness of any research programme is determined by how well the research teams have been prepared. This is particularly important for a research project that plans to combine conventional methods of using Research Assistants with a co‐ investigation approach which draws individuals from the communities to shape the design of the research.
A three‐day training workshop brought together fifteen research assistants and five co‐investigators that formed the research team prepared to assess the extent to which gender mainstreaming in the National Transport Policy of Tanzania has been transformative for women facing intersecting inequalities due to gender, age, disability and widowhood by focusing on recent transport projects in Kibaha and Kilolo districts.
The training, facilitated by the lead research team members, was vital in equipping the research team with methods of qualitative studies such as key informant interviews (KII), focus group discussions (FGD) and a photo story approach which was one of the unique approaches applied in the research. During the training, the research team piloted the tools and reviewed where this was required. Furthermore, the training provided an opportunity for team building while mapping out communities and understanding key gender terminologies and concepts.
This project is funded by DFID under the Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
Helpage International (2017). Impacts and implications of gender mainstreaming in rural transport in Tanzania - Researchers Training Workshop Report. London: ReCAP for DFID.
Published 30 December 2016