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Capacity Building: methodological modules

For whom?

Civil Society Organizations (research)
Effective advocacy strategies that bring long-term results are built on in-depth analysis. Recognizing the vital role that research plays in the NGO world, our team has translated the building blocks of IPIS’ rigorous approach to research into a number of 1-day training modules.
Each module is designed to support civil society organizations that work at the intersection of research and campaigning. The aim is to help NGOs in their mission to deliver the best possible services to their beneficiaries and other interested parties.
Four methodological modules are currently available, spanning legal research, planning and execution of research projects, online databases and GPS techniques. IPIS is eager to disseminate our research techniques as widely as possible, therefore if there are additional methodological modules within our capacity that would be of help to your organization, please do not hesitate to inquire furtther.


Legal research

This module is intended to acquaint non-jurists with a specific research setup during which reality is tested against regulation. (Training period: 1 day).
Legal research’ is a module that helps non-jurists frame policy issues or campaigning objectives in international law terms. Originally developed in the domain of business & human rights, this module explores the basics of international human rights law, including the functioning of UN and regional treaty bodies, as well as the possibilities of utilizing landmark judgment from international and regional courts when advocating for protection and promotion human rights.


Planning and executing a research project.

A basic training on the management of a research project and how to develop the required research skills. (Training period: 1 day).
Planning and Running a Research Project’ explains how to execute a research project by zooming in on its three major phases. The first is preparation and planning. The second is conducting the actual research and analysis. In the final phase the analysis and conclusions are written down in a report. For each of these phases we give essential advice and practical tips. In a workshop setting, we alternate the theory of this little handbook with practical. customized exercises.

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Online database for arms trade research.

An advanced training focusing on specific tools that will simplify research and improve publications. Designed for organizations with significant research experience. (Training period: 1day).

'Online Public Databases for Arms Trade Research’ familiarises arms trade researchers with the online databases that are indispensable for investigating arms trafficking. Valuable information for researchers can be garnered from a wide range of free-access public databases. The module aims to guide local partners through the use of these databases, thereby enabling them to substantiate their reports with factual data. These databases can initially be confusing, therefore this module explains step by step how the required information can be obtained. Each database is both illustrated by examples of past use by IPIS, and assessed for limitations.

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GPS technique on the field.

A basic technical training on how to use a GPS device, including the registration of GPS coordinates and their transfer to a computer. (Training period: 1-2 days).
Originally developed in the framework of the World Bank Promines Project in the DRC (2012-ongoing), this module teaches non-experts how to capture geographical information in the field using a GPS device and how to transfer this information to a computer prior working with the data via GIS software.


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