Research and Learning

Asal is a forward-thinking organisation with a notable track record in research and knowledge production which is impactful on policy and highly respected for its rigorous scientific method. we draw on unique methodologies and primary data to inform learning, improve programming and advocate for policy change. Our strength lies in conducting robust social science research across a full spectrum of policy areas. Our multi-disciplinary team have the training and experience in designing and leading complex qualitative and quantitative research projects covering a wide range of subject matters and technical requirements. They have experience in developing context specific methodological and analytical tools adapted and, well versed in local socio-cultural and political dynamics and well trained to gather information in logistically challenging environment in fragile and conflict affected locations.

We are:
  • Continuously learning with diverse stakeholders including “vulnerable” communities;
  • Participatory in our approaches to developing research & learning agendas;
  • Contributing to evidence-based and better-informed policies (through communities of practice)  
  • Collaborating with universities and institutions as well as regional and global research centers to enhance uptake and create more equitable dissemination.

Participatory Action Research

Asal uses innovative and highly participatory approach to community-led research and consultations such as Participatory Action Research (PAR). We apply PAR to capacitate and empower vulnerable communities—and others who are historically outside of formal decision-making processes— to identify key programmatic priorities and devise actionable strategies to address them. PAR is one of several tools our team applies to ensure best-fit designs.  

Communities of Practice -  Localisation, TWP, Conflict Fragility & Inclusive Climate Action

 At the heart of communities and countries’ journey to self-reliance is their international partner’s ability to better understand, access and respond to the local context. Through Asal convened communities of practice (COP) we establish new partnerships with civil society, policy makers and practitioners to translate knowledge to action. Our reason for establishing the COPs is in recognition that the pressing challenges faced requires a coalition of .. to work at different levels and in enabling ways.