Professional Development & Training

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The Professional Development and Training Programme fosters individual and institutional research capacity and the utilisation of research.  It works with partners to: design and deliver high quality, experiential professional development that builds policy actors’ and researchers’ skills and competencies; deepen delivery partners’ institutional capacity to design, deliver and accredit distinctive professional development courses; and, innovate in design and content to enrich participants’ learning experience, and maximise impact and reach.

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Advanced Research Design for Policy-Oriented Research (ARD): Delivered in three modules over 11 days of intensive residential training, the ARD is relevant to Ph.D. students, academics and researchers interested in enhancing their skills in the design of research that lends itself to a multi-method approach relevant to social policy and/or governance. The course consists of three modules: Designing Social Inquiry; Multi-Methods Research; and, Critical Policy Engaged Research.

Informed Research Consumers: This module targets public policy actors and seeks to help them distinguish between good and bad research.  It also offers practical experience on how to inject research evidence into policy processes and subsequent enactment.

Data Revolution and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: PASGR has engaged in work around development data, the data revolution and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals since 2013.  Initially, a convening forum and capacity building platform for researchers, this initiative is increasingly becoming cross-programmatic with inputs that straddle research, training, policy forums and higher education.

Multi-Method Research Course (MMRC): Delivered in eight modules over 21 days of intensive residential training, MMRC was designed to strengthen the methodological and conceptual capacity of individual researchers and policy actors. In line with user needs, MMRC is now being offered as Advanced Research Design (3 modules) with the additional 5 modules as stand-alone electives after the completion of ARD.