The workshop brings together young scholars, activists, lawyers, and technologists for an intensive five-day practicum on using methodologically rigorous, data-driven, and contextually appropriate research for advocacy. The workshop is designed to cover both qualitative and quantitative, online and offline research methods, providing the space for hands-on activities and project-based learning. The region has a unique opportunity to consolidate existing advocacy and research ventures with more robust analytical and evidence-based approaches. Additionally, there is a challenge to connect scholarly expertise with policymakers and advocates, as well as to improve working synergies between emerging networks of civil society organizations, academic centers and think-tanks. The goals of the program are to strategically build collaborative possibilities across sectors, expand research capacity within practitioner and digital rights advocacy communities, and to provide the skills and know-how to use research and data to advance advocacy efforts.
Sessions will include workshops on stakeholder analysis, conducting interviews, researching laws and regulations, social network analysis, network measurement, survey methods, data visualization, ethics of digital research, and improving policy impact of research.
We encourage individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean in the academic (early career), NGO, technology, and public policy sectors to apply. Prospective applicants should have a particular area of interest related to internet governance and policymaking, censorship, surveillance, internet access, political engagement online, protection of human rights online, or corporate governance in the ICT sector. Applicants will be asked to bring a specific research question to the program to be developed and operationalized through trainings and one-on-one mentorship with top researchers and experts from around the world.
The course will be conducted in English and applicants should have high proficiency in English in order to interact with experts, lecturers and other participants who will come from diverse backgrounds. Please also note that we require all participants to have a laptop to use for the duration of the program.
Application Deadline: July 17, 2017
For more information about the program please visit http://globalnetpolicy.org/event/methodslatamc/
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