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Answering Practical Questions Instead of Academic Ones: How to design research that makes more sustainable programming

Answering Practical Questions Instead of Academic Ones: How to design research that makes more sustainable programming

January 9, 2020

Learning to be less dogmatic about answering the most important academic questions, but instead focus on the practical questions that would allow project teams to "innovate and push" around creating sustainable programs for WASH in schools. Matt Freeman from Emory University and Peter Lochery from CARE talk about what they learned trying to create research that moved programs forward, and allowed us to get better at the work--even when it wouldn't contribute to publications in prestigious journals. They talk about 13 years of research partnership in the SWASH+ project--and how lots of smaller, practical studies with rigorous methods were more useful than one big RCT.

Communities Creating Plan B: How Sanitation Approaches Failed in Benin, and Communities Found a Solution

Communities Creating Plan B: How Sanitation Approaches Failed in Benin, and Communities Found a Solution

July 18, 2019

In our second francophone episode, Huguette Sekpe Sossouhounto from CARE Benin/Togo talks about how CLTS (a common sanitation approach) failed in her project, and how communities helped them find a Plan B that works. What are the key lessons learned? Pay attention to signs that something is going wrong, and then, "talk to the communities about what their dreams are, and how they can achieve those dreams." Local partners can help you find a solution.

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