Data collection protocols and participatory research techniques - training of trainers manual

Data collection protocols and participatory research techniques - training of trainers manual

Training trainers in data collection and participatory research

Developing training which combines development and empowerment with research can be challenging. According to the author of this manual, this is the situation in the Caribbean, where attempts are being made to do both using Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) techniques.

PLA involves working as a team in interfacing with and motivating people from diverse backgrounds. For trainers to be effective in transforming skills and influencing insights and action, they should be able to understand adult learning needs, have training skills and techniques and a good grasp of group dynamics.

The manual is divided into two parts. Part one addresses the knowledge preparation or content necessary for embarking on participatory research and covers topics such as: participatory research, quantitative versus qualitative research, participatory methods in data collection, and the semi- structured interview. Key components of part one include:

  •  Looking at what participatory research is, its myths, origins, and its past and present opportunities
  • What the semi-structured interview is, its purpose and objectives, the steps involved in planning & organising a semi-structured interview, and the use of focus groups.

Part two considers the skills needed by the trainer in aiding the learning and competence of trainees. Topics covered include: The Role and Function of the Trainer in Adult Learning, The Trainer’s Preparation and Techniques of Training and Understanding and Working with Groups.  Key components of this section include:

  • Creating a participatory learning environment, the hallmarks of a good trainer, and the trainer as an effective communicator 
  • the trainers preparation and reflection on self including the trainers role, planning for training, the training setting, and aiding the preparation for training.