Research produces knowledge that is essential to our understanding of the world, social phenomena, oppression, inequality, discrimination, violence, abuse, marginalisation, powerlessness, harassment and exploitation. To be able to serve our communities and causes better, in-depth understanding is necessary to address root causes of social problems and avoid inflicting harm. We utilise intersectional feminist methodologies, through using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods

We often combine different data collection methods, including:

  • Interviews (structured, unstructured, semi-structured),
  • Surveys,
  • Questionnaires,
  • Focus groups,
  • Anecdotal evidence,
  • Archival data,
  • Social media,
  • Documentary evidence,
  • Ethnographic data,
  • Participant observation.

What we provide:

Standalone Research: We carry out remote and/or field research, and we are able to provide alternative research solutions to ‘hard to reach’ areas, affected by crises and/or natural disasters. We have long years of experience utilising ICTs (Information and communications technologies) for different types of research, addressing complex situations. Our standalone research services include, but are not limited to, mapping and surveying of organisations, initiatives, literature and social media.

Assessments: We provide a wide range of rapid assessments, including baseline, needs, project, organisational and institutional assessments. Our assessments are based on rigorous methodological frameworks developed for different fields and topics, with a goal of providing evidence and information to guide our social justice endeavours. We carry out assessments related to livelihoods, markets, women and gender, education, inclusion and diversity, SEAH (sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment), corruption, and governance, among others.

Standalone Design: We provide research design as a standalone service. We provide advice on methodologies, plans, approaches and methods for complex and contentious research projects, including those on displacement, refugeehood, migration, sexuality, sexual violence, racial, ethnic, religious and sectarian tensions. Our design services range from advice to comprehensive research plans that are context-sensitive and community-centred.

Standalone Analysis: We can step in to support your research work at the analysis stage. We provide analysis services for qualitative and quantitative data, and we provide recommendations for the dissemination of complex data and evidence. Our thorough analysis seeks to capture the voices of the marginalised, the complexities and diversities of our human experiences.

Research Production: We have the capacity to report research findings in a variety of formats, including

  • Academic books
  • Journals,
  • Policy briefs,
  • Research papers,
  • Short reports,
  • Recommendations,
  • Infographics,
  • Videos, films and podcasts.

Our production takes into consideration people’s differential accessibility needs and schedules.

Capacity Building: We build organisational and individual research capacities, through trainings, mentorship and assessments. We assess methodologies, appropriateness of methods, themes and content qualitatively and quantitatively. We also provide capacity assessments and capacity building plans based on researchers’ and organisational needs.

Decolonising Knowledge Production: Research focusing on the Global South has often, and rightly, been accused of reinforcing colonial narratives and images, rather than centralising communities’ concerns and voices. At CTDC, we have developed a framework of assessment for decolonising knowledge production in, about and from the Global South and people of colour.

Our framework relies on seven non-exhaustive pillars:

  • Reflexivity,
  • Historicisation,
  • Politicisation,
  • Contextualisation,
  • Language and the Politics of Translation,
  • Intersectionality and transnationalism,
  • De-canonisation.

Through this framework, we provide assessments, guidance, research supervision, mentorship and advice to independent researchers, organisations, media platforms and academics, invested in challenging hegemonic modes of knowledge production and enhancing their own work to do no harm.