Methodologies

Live & Learn is committed to environmental and sustainable development education that is innovative, culturally relevant and grounded in local knowledge. To ensure that our projects meet these requirements we use two key methodologies: Research of Aspirations and Perceptions and Most Significant Change techniques .

In the beginning of Live & Learn projects, Research of Aspirations and Perceptions (RAPs) are conducted with our partner communities. RAPs combine community mapping, ranking, focus groups, and unstructured interviews to learn and document the perceptions of diverse community members. Live & Learn staff seek out community members, such as the elderly, women, and children, to participate so that disenfranchised community members are given opportunities to share freely their thoughts on various environmental issues.

While Live & Learn project officers conduct real time assessments throughout all our projects, the Most Significant Change technique is conducted with community members to identify the level of influence by a certain project.

The process involves the collection of significant change (SC) stories emanating from the field level, and the systematic selection of the most significant of these stories by panels of designated stakeholders or staff. The designated staff and stakeholders are initially involved by ‘searching' for project impact. Once changes have been captured, various people sit down together, read the stories aloud and have regular and often in-depth discussions about the value of these reported changes. When the technique is implemented successfully, whole teams of people begin to focus their attention on program impact.