CORD researchers use a variety of different methods to contribute to the organisation’s mission of ‘contributing to inclusive citizenship and democratic governance through collaborative, applied research.’
Andrew Charman, from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation in Cape Town, for instance, uses a variety of participatory methods for collecting data – including the use of a Photovoice Competition, engagement through social media, and live exhibitions as tools to understand street trading in the Ivory Park community of Cape Town, South Africa. See the presentation, below, for more information about Andrew’s work and methods:
Alternatively, Shylashri Shankar, from the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, has employed an entirely different set of research methods for understanding decisions made in India’s Supreme Court. In her presentation below, she outlines an econometric approach to analyse the judgments of India’s Supreme Court and the high courts on the rights to health and education. She discusses the creation of the datasets on the judges’ characteristics and the judgments, the problems of designing a dependent variable that best captures the pro-citizen impact of these rights, and the techniques of testing the hypotheses through the models.