Inquiring into the reasons for current situations requires tools to examine facts, methods to build on local and existing knowledge, and appropriate steps to support multistakeholder dialogue. SAS2 Dialogue will work with you to answer the Why? question and make sure that collaborative, evidence-based inquiry discovers the answers people need to transform their world.
The need for new approaches is evident. After more than 100 years of social science, the same old methods are in use: surveys, interviews, participant observation and focus groups. In many ways, the social sciences is the least social of the sciences, relying on methods that isolate people from one another. Surveys in particular are limited in what they can do to create authentic dialogue that is also rigorous.
Participatory tools are people-based and evidence-based, mobilizing and bringing together perspectives through dialogue, critical reflection and action.