By Naomi Gichingu, 1st year MDP student
In my first blog, I gave you a sneak peak of the work I had been doing at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Our research project that hoped to engage organizations working in the Hudson Bay region to enhance more inter-jurisdictional planning was entering its second phase of data collection. With questionnaires out of the kiln, organizations were engaged through telephone calls and emails and most of those contacted consented to participating in the survey. The three methods involved in this research were telephone interviews, online surveys and one on one interviews. The phase was action packed. After sending out online surveys and setting up telephone interviews, it was time to make travels to Churchill, Manitoba to carry out the one on one interviews. With the support of my IISD supervisor, Pauline Gerrard, and the Masters in Development Practice (MDP) program, I made my one week work and ‘summer vacation tour’.
|Douglas Baba, MDP student, and Naomi (R)|
My interviews spread out over the five days I was in the town provided invaluable information towards our project as well as interview skills I would not have imagined getting from somewhere else. I got different opinions from the people about the project and captured all these to be analysed later with the rest of the surveys. There was so much to buy as souvenirs and I did not shy away from that as coming from Africa, a person is expected to bring gifts to those they left at home.
The week after was characterized with the collection of survey responses. Telephone interviews were conducted over the next week and an analysis of the results was done. Working with my supervisor, we drafted a report that will be published by the Institute and will inform the next steps of the project.
|Naomi (L) and Pauline Gerrard, IISD|