We base our work on well-researched information. We carry out objective research and analysis to explore issues and challenges and use our findings to produce practical outputs.
Covenant Consult offers a wide variety of research and assessment services – from strategic policy review and advice, baseline assessments, context evaluations, to social research using qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Many of our national and international team combine long practical experience with post-graduate training in research design. We craft our research approach in cooperation with our clients and based on our experience of the local environment and context. Due to our long-standing networks and language skills, our team can often complete difficult research effectively in areas where others can’t – especially conflicted-affected areas. Our commitment to participation guides our research approach and we always aim to make it a valuable experience for the participants.
We produce well-written and readable reports in a variety of styles and formats… all with effective communication as their primary aim. Our design team can produce innovative and visually useful research outputs, presentations and multi-media products. We don’t do research for “its own sake”… we produce outputs that can be used.
Covenant consult has particular experience and expertise from working in conflict-affected and post-conflict areas. This work requires thorough and robust analysis of the conflict context and dynamics. We use analytical tools and methods that go ‘broad and ‘deep’ – evaluating the conflict resources and its social construction, shadow economies, group identities, historic grievances, religiousness, and also ideologies and perceptions that shape the conflict and its impacts. For us, conflict analysis is not an end in itself, and our use of participatory and narrative approaches often helps people and communities explore and articulate their own perceptions and beliefs more clearly. We have found, when working with these partners in conflict and post-conflict areas, such approaches can lead to opportunities for a ‘healing’ process, and ultimately assist conflict mitigation.