Trainers notes: EAR Toolbox

Introduction This Section introduces the key tools. Participants will learn how to effectively use these tools through practicing them in a field work situation.
Timing/duration 2 days-first day learning the tools, practicing them, drawing up interview schedules and short questionnaires. Second day practicing tools in selected field situation organised before workshop begins.
Target audience Those intending to use EAR in their projects, including those who will take on the role of EAR researcher.
Prerequisite skills/knowledge Section one of EAR handbook must be completed by participants (beginners).
Unit objectives/expected outcomes Participants will have the basic skills required to use the key tools.
Pre-workshop activities None required.
Notes on using exercises Participants should work in project teams where possible.
Equipment needed Large sheets of paper, text markers, space for group discussions, computers if available.

Day Two: EAR Toolbox

AM 1 Session 1 Review of Day 1 Discussion
    Overview of the toolbox and key tools
AM 2 Session 2 Participant observation and field notes Exercise 1 and Exercise 2

Interviews, in-depth and group

Exercise 3 and Exercise 4
      Exercise 5

PM 1&2

Session 2

Participatory Techniques: Maps and diagrams

Exercise 6

Participatory Techniques: Grouping, ranking and comparing

Exercise 7

Participatory Techniques: Sequencing, calenders and charts

Exercise 8

Short questionnaire-based surveys

Exercise 9

Diaries, feedback and self-documentation

Exercise 10
    Public/published information and documentation  
    Read through examples and plan for the following day field trip in research groups  

Day Three: EAR Toolbox

All day field trip to practice tools.

Work in small research team groups.