Non-government organizations often need to conduct their own research so they can accomplish their goals more effectively. RESIS can provide research support for NGOs in various ways:
1. Conducting full research for the needs of NGOs
For the needs of NGOs, the RESIS team can independently plan and conduct a full research study, which the NGO members may use afterwards in their activities.
2. Mentoring the research process
In situations when NGOs conduct research independently, however they need counselling and expert assistance, the RESIS team can provide mentorship in the research process, assistance with designing the research, development of research instruments, collecting and analysing data and with writing the research report.
3. Research training
RESIS organizes individual or group training courses for NGO members who wish to have more in-depth knowledge of the research process and wish to independently plan and conduct smaller research studies. The content and duration of the trainings are planned in accordance with the previous knowledge and the specific needs of the NGO members.
Below are some of the topics that may be covered in the trainings:
- Introduction to Policy Research and/or Advocacy Research
- Research Design
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Data Processing and Quantitative Data Analysis
- Qualitative Research Methods
- In-depth Interview and Focus Groups
- Qualitative Data Analysis
- Writing Research Reports
- Presenting Research Findings
In order to fulfil their objectives and perform their activities, NGOs need to have a specific understanding of the field of communications. For that purpose, the RESIS team offer support in development of communication strategies or plans that correspond to the mission statement, the objectives and the specific projects of the NGOs. The communication strategies will enable the NGOs to:
- analyse and detect the weaknesses of their internal communication;
- identify the weaknesses in the communication with their publics;
- clearly determine the perceptions, opinions and expectations of their publics;
- better define the messages and reach more efficiently their publics;
- improve the efficiency of the communication tools they use to reach the publics.