Tools & Methods

Gender justice and climate justice: community-based strategies to increase women’s political agency in watershed management in times of climate change

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Authors: Figueiredo, P. & ; Perkins, P.E.
Publication date: 2011

This paper discusses South-North initiatives and models for community-based environmental and climate change education which are using the democratic opening provided by watershed-based governance structures to broaden grassroots participation, especially of women, in political processes.

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

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Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

“Why don’t they want our help?” Exploring the relationship between community and development worker

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In this IDS blog post, Jody Aked reflects upon the misplaced assumption that communities are always receptive and eager to engage when development practitioners or researchers offer something they think the community will benefit from. To avoid a frustrating outcome, she suggests an alternative approach, including three ways on how to start a positive relationship with a community. 

Oxfam Canada Engendering Change (EC) Evaluation

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Authors: PEER Associates
Publication date: 2013

In this evaluation case study of the Engendering Change program in Zimbabwe, the evaluation employed a case study approach, using the Most Significant Change (MSC) methodology to collect stories from the staff and their constituents. This report presents the evaluation methods and outcomes.

Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

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In this blog post, Susan Kistler introduces Padler, an improved free virtual bulletin board application. The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

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Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

In Her Shoes toolkit

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In Her Shoes is a free toolkit, presenting an interactive activity that gives women and men the opportunity to ‘walk in the shoes’ of a woman who is experiencing violence. 

No special training or additional resources are needed to walk In Her Shoes! All you need is 3 hours, a large space for moving around, a facilitator, and the Toolkit. 

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

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Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions. 

Participatory subnational planning for REDD+ and other land use programmes: Methodology and step-by-step guidance

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Authors: Richards, M. & Swan, S.
Publication date: 2014

This document presents a proposed methodology, and step-by-step guidance, for Participatory Subnational Planning (PSP), tailored to operationalise subnational REDD+ programmes. 

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

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Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.