M&E Thursday Talk – Innovative Methods for Conducting Research with Children Aged 6 & Below
This is the M&E Thursday Talk from Thursday, January 17th, when Carlotta Fassiotti and Emmanuel Nkusi of Search for Common Ground (Search) led a discussion on “Innovative Methods for Conducting Research with Children Aged 6 & Below.”
Carlotta and Emmanuel, joined by members of Search Rwanda, discussed alternative approaches on how to best do research with children in this age-range, offering an alternative to standard data collection methodologies. These approaches included combining observations, using game cards, and leading interactive focus groups.
In Rwanda, Search applied these methodologies to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding Early Childhood Development practices. Based on this experience, they explored the ethical considerations and challenges of working with young children.
Participants raised thought-provoking questions and joined in on a broader conversation around the gaps identified from Search’s work in Rwanda. The potential opportunities for others in the peacebuilding field to duplicate these approaches was also touched upon.