What makes for a successful training? Insights from Qualitative Data Collection in Dohuk

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At the end of April, Trust completed a successful training in tandem with Future Keys in Dohuk, Kurdistan, Iraq. The training focused on qualitative data collection and analysis, and included 28 participants from 19 organizations, including 9 international NGOs and 10 local NGOs. The workshop involved a combination of theory and practice. During the first three days, participants spent time in the classroom learning about various data collection methods and techniques from a highly experienced trainer. Participants then spent 2 days utilizing their skills and practicing qualitative data collection in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp.

At the end of the week, participants suggested that the training was a highly successful and engaging experience. CEO of Trust, Youssef Almustafa, offered some insights and thoughts regarding the key components that made this training an incredible success.

One critical variable that contributed to this successful experience was the diverse group of participants who attended the training. As mentioned earlier, participants hailed from a wide spectrum of NGOs including local organizations such as Jasmine of Damascus, Kurdistan Reconstruction and Development Society, and Lotus Flower, as well as many larger international NGOs, such as CARE, Syrian Relief, and the French Red Cross. Participants also hailed from many different departments within their respective organizations, including Monitoring and Evaluation, Logistics, Human Resources, and Finance, among others. Thus, each individual brought a unique experience and perspective to the workshop, allowing for significant intra-participant learning between attendees. Furthermore, participants were able to give valuable feedback to the trainer and organizers at the end of each day, which was taken into consideration for the next day’s activities.

Furthermore, there was a high level of organization and coordination between the trainer, the camp manager, and organizers from Future Keys. The camp manager not only arranged for interviews with members of the community and key stakeholders in the camp, but also attended one of the training sessions. Participants were able to ask the camp manager questions and receive clarification before entering into the local setting. This was particularly useful, as participants were fully prepared to utilize their new skills before the practical portion of the workshop began.

A final aspect that made this course a success was the design of the workshop and the experience of the trainer. The workshop consisted of two parts: A classroom-skills building portion and an experiential opportunity to practice new skills. The trainer was highly qualified and experienced in both fieldwork as well as the academic pedagogy of qualitative data gathering in the Refugee context. This yielded an appropriate balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.

It is clear that there are many components integral to a successful training in the development and humanitarian field. In a world with many development challenges, it is more critical now than ever that participants receive trainings of the utmost quality. Going forward, Trust and Future Keys Organization for Development plan to continue hosting and collaborating with other organizations to provide successful trainings as well as implementing peer feedback into future workshops. For more information on the upcoming training schedule, click here: http://trustconsultancy.org/schedule/

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