During my farewell presentation at the AKU-IED, I spoke about the value of impact research, the merits of ethnography and the power of narrative

Edited April 2, 2014

Before interns or fellows leave the AKU-IED, we are asked to give a presentation to our colleagues and  MEd students  on the work that we were involved in. On my last day, I shared with those present the importance of impact analysis. I explained that beyond meeting research goals established by ourselves or institutions, we need to understand the impact that our research will have on others. What are the benefits of our research? How will they help develop knowledge and thinking on your topic? How will communities (of researchers, research participants, schools, teachers, etc) benefit from your research?

We then moved on to look at ethnography and its value in education research. More specifically we focused on the power of voice and narrative in telling stories and the importance that this has for communities that we represent as researchers. We looked at the opportunities and the shortcomings involved in this type of research and how awareness of things like bias, balance, representation and authenticity are important to carrying out effective research.

The salient slides from this presentation are enclosed in this PDF and provide a cursory entry point into thinking about impact evaluation and the place of ethnography within this process.

Understanding and Engaging with Impact Research

Alim Fakirani