We believe that development and humanitarian initiatives are most effective when communities are respected, involved in decision making, and given real responsibility. We invest in understanding the socio-cultural and historical contexts of the places where we work. We treat people as important individuals who matter, not as nameless research participants - this means giving time, respect, dignity, and empathy. We build relationships with local research assistants and train our team in participatory and child-friendly methods. We are transparent with communities about the realistic likely impact of our research and evaluations.
We believe that technology can improve development and humanitarian programming, research and evaluation. We assess the social role of technology, promote inclusive and sustainable use of technology, and advise organisations on how to use technology to enhance their work. We also utilise a range of software tools to make our own work as collaborative and effective as possible.
We believe that research and evaluation can lead to valuable learning that enhances development and humanitarian outcomes. We help organisations to learn and to become learning organisations in order to improve practice and strengthen programmes and policies. We invest in our own learning and get regular external input through training, mentoring and peer-review. We seek to build a collaborative learning environment in all we do, benefitting our team and the organisations who work with us.