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Partner / Client: Oxford Policy Management / FAQ

Date: Oct - Dec 2013

Brief Description: Quality Research  and Analysis of the Economic Impacts of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) was contracted by FAO to undertake a qualitative assessment of the economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in six countries: Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Lesotho Malawi and Zimbabwe.
In Ghana, the work focused on the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) cash transfer programme. PDA provided 2 team leaders and 6 field researchers) to undertake a qualitative study to explore the economic impacts of the LEAP programme, and the synergies between LEAP and other social protection programmes in Ghana.  The geographical focus of this research was northern Ghana.

Partner / Client : UNFPA, UNICEF and DFID

Date: May 2013 - Mar 2014

Brief Description: Situation Analysis of Adolescents and Young People

The overall purpose of this research was to gather and analyse existing information and provide evidence of where inequities exist, why these inequities occur and recommend areas for action. These action areas focused on existing laws and policies, key bottlenecks and constraints in the provision and use of basic social services, as well as prevailing and social and cultural norms that perpetuate the vulnerability of adolescents. The situation analysis was used by stakeholders to guide to guide national policy development and programming.
The process included an extensive desk-based literature review, qualitative research on key information gaps with key informants and communities in 6 regions, data analysis and writing a final report and 6 regional reports.

Partner / Client : UNICEF

Date: Jan 2013 - Feb 2014

Brief Description: National Child Protection Baseline Research

An extensive national baseline study on child protection in Ghana using both qualitative and quantitative research techniques. The information gathered from all 10 regions informed a) the national child protection policy development/design and b) the final baseline for the GOG/UNICEF Child Protection Programme. The research process managed by PDA included:

    A literature review, development of data collection tools and field manuals, organising and facilitating the training of 40 field researchers and others involved in the research process.
    Organization of regional consultation and validation workshops in all 10 regions at the beginning and end of the data collection process respectively.    
    Reporting regularly to a national advisory committee.
    Writing up field research (as per agreed methodology) with information gathered from all 10 regions to a) inform the policy development/design and b) to inform the final baseline for the Child Protection Programme.
    A quantitative survey of 3000 people (1500 children, 1500 adults) in 100 enumeration areas in rural and urban locations all 10 regions.