This summer the Pathways Program is heading a large-scale midterm review to assess the degree to which anticipated Pathway’s outcomes are materializing and to explore ambiguity created by the baseline study. Some of the main areas of inquiry of the midterm study are:
- Changes perceived by different project participants, related to their involvement in the program
- Changes in structural or relational barriers to women’s equitable participation in agriculture
- Equity of opportunity for Pathway’s target impact group members to participate in Pathways
- Local interpretations of decision making, empowerment, and equitable relationships
The midterm review will draw heavily upon qualitative research methods to explore in detail the impacts of the program and the quantitative findings from the Baseline Study completed by Tango International. To help implement the midterm review, the Pathway’s Program is pleased to introduce 6 interns – Masters Students from Emory’s Development Practice program, Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Program, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. These students, assigned to the program for their international development experience and qualitative research skills, will support assessments in 5 of the 6 Pathway’s countries; Mali, India, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.
The interns will assist in coordinating research, documenting the research process, training CARE staff in Pathway’s host countries on how to conduct qualitative research, and organizing the data collection for analysis. In fact, local CARE staff – who are culturally connected to the Pathway’s Program Participants – will interview participant groups on topics related to the Pathway’s Program main areas of inquiry with the support of the interns. Specifically, the summer interns will teach skills like note-taking for qualitative research and how to formulate probing questions. To support the data analysis process, interns will be responsible for organizing, sorting, and coding data collected by CARE staff.
The students are enthusiastic to apply their skills cross-culturally and support the Pathway’s Program in each of their host countries. They will leave to complete their fieldwork between May and July, returning after 6 to 10 weeks to support the data analysis process from the CARE International Office in Atlanta during the following semester. Stay tuned for the coming summer-intern blog series, featuring the Pathway’s Program Midterm Review in 5 of the 6 previously named Pathway’s countries through a fresh set of eyes.
Written by Melissa Jennings