Inception Research Methodology Workshop

January 24†- 25, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa

GDN's pilot program on "Doing Research - Assessing the Environment for Social Science Research in Developing Countries" organized an Inception Research Methodology Workshop on January 24-25, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The primary objective of the workshop was to facilitate a dialogue between the researchers and international experts. A lively discussion ensued on some of the most challenging and topical issues in undertaking the research in 11 countries where the program is being implemented. Further focused discussions were held along with peer-review of choice of variables and their measurements, methodological feasibility and country specific experiences on characterizing and measuring the challenges facing social science researchers in developing countries.

The workshop also served as a platform for the research teams to interact with each other as well as their assigned external advisors.

Click here for: The Workshop's Agenda

List of participants:

  • BALARIN, Maria, Associate Researcher, Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE), Peru
  • BOB, Urmilla, Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • BUCLET, Benjamin, Independent Consultant; Director, Center for Research and Expertise on Education and Development, France
  • CARTON, Michel, Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG) & Professor and Vice-Director (Retd.), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland¬†¬† ¬†
  • CHATTOPADHYAY, Saumen, Associate Professor, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India¬†¬† ¬†
  • FOMBA KAMGA, Benjamin, Universit√© de Yaound√© II, Cameroon
  • FRIEDENTHAL, Jackie, The Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa
  • GANGULY, Kaushik, Program Manager, Global Development Network
  • HOFFMAN, Joseph, Independent Consultant and Founding Executive; Director - PASGR, Kenya
  • JACOB, Merle, Professor in Research Policy, Lund University, Sweden
  • MEEK, V. Lynn, Foundation Director, L H Martin Institute of Higher Education Leadership and Management, Australia
  • MOUNAKAILA, Harouna, Universit√© Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Niger
  • NAQVI, Ramona Angelescu, Director of Programs, Global Development Network
  • POTGIETER, Cheryl, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of College (Humanities), University of KwaZulu-Natal, SA
  • POU, Sovachana, Deputy Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace
  • RAKHMANI, Inaya, Head of the Communication Research Centre, Universitas Indonesia
  • SENBET, Lemma, Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya
  • VESSURI, Hebe, Center of Science Studies at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research, Venezuela
Peer Review Workshop

October 29 – 30, 2015 in New Delhi, India

GDN organized a Global Peer-Review Workshop on October 29 – 30, 2015 in New Delhi, India, as part of the pilot on Doing Research – Assessing the Environment for Social Science Research in Developing Countries.

The purpose of this workshop was to share, discuss and learn from the work undertaken since the beginning of the program. Its objective was twofold:

  • To foster interactions and experience sharing amongst the teams, lessons learnt and preliminary findings of the work carried out in the pilot phase.
  • To highlight possible inputs to the scale-up phase regarding the format and methodologies for the comparative cross-country analysis and indicators.

The two-day workshop allowed the teams to examine and debate their approaches and results, as well as to identify emerging trends and possible connections between their findings. The activities included a combination of peer-reviewed presentations, working groups and open discussion sessions. The exchange was further completed by face-to-face discussions between the teams and their external adviser, and with the GDN team. The last session, whose purpose was to open the floor for discussion on the scale-up phase, led to considerable improvement towards the final output of the pilot phase and inputs for the scale-up.

A two hour public debate was also organized by GDN on the topic of “Building a Research Culture in Developing Countries: Reforms, Incentives and Leadership”. The event, chaired by GDN’s president Pierre Jacquet, was meant as an open discussion between a diverse panel of specialists and the participants.

Doing Research Pilot Synthesis & Scale up Workshop † † ††

GDN organized a a workshop for project stakeholders on†May 26-27†at Brighton, UK. This workshop was a stepping stone for the first step towards scaling up the Doing Research program. It aimed at taking stock of the pilot phase lessons, presenting the synthesis of approaches to assess the research environment, discussing insights from other initiatives and practices, and finally engaging into an exploratory work to define the conceptual and normative dimensions that the final tool will apply. This was a closed workshop for invited participants only.

Following the two days of activities, the Doing Research team extracted the substance from the discussions and built the model and conceptual framework underlying the final assessment tool. It is expected to be the basis of a Community of Practice (CoP) comprising the Doing Research pilot teams and their mentors, the steering committee, the donors and the workshop participants. For further information, write to the team at†

See the Workshop†Agenda. Learn†more.†

Supported By:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Agence FranÁaise de Dťveloppement (AFD)

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development†

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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