Jordan country workshop on sexual and reproductive health and rights

6 July 2018

In February 2018, a country workshop was organised for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) research projects in Jordan. The workshop encouraged further exchange, learning and cooperation among parties by focussing on academic progress and research uptake.

Representatives of the consortium member organisations of each project, NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, Share-Net Jordan and Share-Net International joined the workshop to facilitate acquaintance, networking and linking the projects as well as between the projects, Share-Net Jordan and other interested parties from the Jordan SRHR community in  policy, practice and research. The project members shared experiences and challenges concerning theoretical and methodological approaches, and the sensitivities around SRHR and the security situation. Concerning research uptake they shared how they could enhance the use of results in policy and practice, amongst others by detailing their Impact Pathways and determining (strategies for) stakeholder engagement.

On the first day the welcoming words by Minister of Health of Jordan, H.E. Dr Mahmoud Al-Sheyyab, underlined the relevance of SRHR research for Jordan.  Further, the workshop facilitated the connecting of people and helped to identify common themes and opportunities for joint activities as well as learning from each other. It yielded insights for projects to improve their communication / research uptake plans and provided ideas on how Share-Net can further assist the projects in reaching out to the wider (policy & practice) community.

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One of the activities was reflecting on the Theory of Change (ToC) that each project developed and further detail their strategy for knowledge sharing and research uptake. This activity underlined the importance of the ToC for a project by aiding the research team in thinking critically about the desired societal changes, as well as about the logic of the projects’ output, outcome and impact. Working on the ToC contributes to better understanding the projects’ intended pathway to impact, while a periodic review of the ToC can help monitoring progress of the research project. Attention was given to the need to identify underlying assumptions between steps in a project’s impact pathway: it is useful to ask ‘what has to happen for the causal linkage between a project’s output and the intended outcome to be realised’. An exercise on stakeholder engagement was done: listing stakeholders, prioritising, thinking of direct and indirect stakeholders, at what stage should they be involved, and how to communicate. In terms of benefits to their own projects, this session was considered most useful.

The networking event on the second day of the workshop was aimed at presenting the projects to the wider SRHR-community in Jordan  and enhance networking among the project teams and interested parties within the Jordan SRHR-community (Share-Net Jordan members and other practitioners from NGOs, researchers, policymakers).

Some of the take-home messages on collaboration were:

  • A mid-term programme meeting would be appreciated to share progress, discussion on results and knowledge transfer
  • It may be good to install a forum or shared site to update each other and share results and to prevent reproducing
  • Data landscape analysis can be shared with other projects, so we can learn from each other’s landscape analyses/desk reviews
  • Capacity development in communication skills could be shared
  • Collaboration between academics and practitioners is great!
  • Share-Net could play a role in disseminating combined messages of the four teams, focusing on the key messages to take up after 2 years

 


Source: NWO