DATA GATHERING

Spiny Babbler knowledge center professionals have traveled across Nepal, from Ilam in the far-east to Dadeldhura in the far-west to gather data, qualitative insights, images, sounds, and video. From Rukum to Taulihawa, the team has processed youth violence, enterprise development, radio programming, to data on alternative media and its impact on life and development.

Data has been derived from grassroots minorities, those in leadership positions, and key stakeholders of studies, programs and projects. The cross-section of society involved in data gathering has been representational: from those who have no education, those from ethnic minorities, those involved in

  • In 1996, SBPP, a small enterprise development program needed data collection from Bhairahawa, Butwal, Chitwan, and Bhaktapur.
  • Extensive data was collected and individual research reports prepared on youth violence in 8 districts in English and Nepali languages for Search for Common Ground.
  • Women involved in the civil war in Ramechhap, Sindhuli, and Kavre districts of Nepal and their peaceful transition was documented for ILO.
  • 270 women from six nations talked about challenges faced by women of the Hindu-Kush Himalayas. What they shared was documented for ICIMOD and later published in book form featuring Hindi, Nepali, and English languages.

Mainstream progress to those who help run districts and zones, Spiny Babbler knowledge center has worked effectively and sensitively to come up with clear and tangible insights.

Key informant interviews, focus group discussions, workshops, non-interventionist observation, action research have been used to collect data. Data is collected using paper or devices, filtered and uploaded to cloud environment for better access and sharing, material organized and saved, and packaged into packages appropriate for local, national, and global audiences.