TRAINING PACKAGE: USING SOCIAL SCIENCE for COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND/OR COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES during an emergency response
The Collective Service (CS) seeks to reinforce capacity and local solutions to humanitarian emergencies through mentoring, technical support and resource sharing with local actors and national and subnational governments.
People working in community engagement and/or communications related fields face several limitations to the effective integration of social science in health emergency interventions and policymaking. There are gaps in terms of knowledge and capacity to produce and use operational social science research in humanitarian and health emergency contexts.
This training package was developed to address these gaps by providing a set of modules with practical and detailed guidance for facilitators to adapt and use at the local level.
Training modules and sessions
Training guidance NOTE
Development of this training package was led by Anthrologica for the Collective Service. The content was co-produced with partners from the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Translators Without Borders (TWB), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) at University College London (UCL), UNICEF’s Social Science Analytics Cell (CASS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Oxfam and READY at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Objectives of the training
To equip with the knowledge to commission and/or design and implement operational social science research which can generate robust, rigorous and context-relevant socio-behavioural evidence.
To provide with the capacity to access, assess and make sense of, evaluate, and synthesize existing socio-behavioural evidence relevant to work.
To strengthen the ability to use socio-behavioural evidence to inform and adapt activities and other broader decision-making during humanitarian crises.
Data to action
Across the training package, the modules and sessions address one or more of these key questions in the social science research process.
What information is needed?
Who needs this information?
DOES THIS INFORMATION ALREADY EXIST? IS THERE A RELATED NEEDS ASSESSMENT OR STUDY?
Who can collect this information?
WHAT METHODOLOGY AND TOOLS SHOULD BE USED TO COLLECT AND ANALYSE THIS INFORMATION?
HOW TO ENSURE THAT THIS INFORMATION GOES BACK TO COMMUNITIES? TO INFORM COMMUNITY-LEVEL ACTIONS AND DECISION-MAKING OF THE BROADER RESPONSE?
HOW TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION IS USED TO MAKE OPERATIONAL AND/OR STRATEGIC DECISIONS?
HOW TO TRACK THE INFORMATION USED TO ENSURE THAT IT EFFECTIVELY CONTRIBUTES TO OPERATIONAL AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES?
Training modules and sessions
The training modules were developed to address key social science competency domains for those working in community engagement and/or communications related fields. Each module is made up of multiple sessions. Each individual session has a specific focus and learning outcome, which relates directly to the competency statement developed for each domain.