SeeD uses participatory research to make effective and sustainable policy recommendations that seek to support informed decision-making, based on the values of inclusivity, accountability and democracy. The ultimate goal of SeeD is to promote inclusivity and knowledge as the basis for policy decisions while raising awareness of citizens so as to increase civic participation, responsibility and multi-perspectivity. To achieve this objective, SeeD is using the following tools:

Participatory Polling is an action research methodology through which the general public is consulted on policy related issues, using a questionnaire that has been designed with the contribution of societal and political stakeholders. The results then serve as a basis for public dialogue and feed into the policymaking process. Participatory polling not only observes public opinion, but it opens up substantive avenues of communication between society at large and decision-makers in an attempt to set the policy agenda and identify salient issues. This process enables SeeD to gauge public priorities and analyze which policy options might be part of an inclusive and sustainable outcome.

Read “Participatory Polling in Divided Societies and in Peacebuilding Contexts”  for more information.

The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index is developed through a partnership between UNDP-ACT and SeeD with USAID funding. It is implemented under a non-commercial, royalty-free licence from the United Nations Development Programme. The SCORE is an innovative tool designed to measure the state of peace in multi-ethnic societies. The SCORE Index aims to primarily measure social cohesion (the extent to which coexistence between individuals in a society and the institutions that surround them is harmonious) and reconciliation (the propensity to come closer to adversarial groups) which are perceived to be two key indicators of peace in a society. By identifying the predictors of conflict, SCORE can also provide intervention entry points to be used in peacebuilding practice. By sharing SCORE findings with national stakeholders, SeeD aims to inform policymaking in support of ongoing peacebuilding challenges.

Download the SCORE book by clicking here.  

Core values and principles of our work:

  • Engagement with local partners and stakeholders:

To ensure that each country project reliably captures the societal dynamics in relation to outcomes of interest, the process is always preceded by a mission to the country, to engage with a broad cross-section of national stakeholders - civil society, academia, government, business leadership and grassroots communities- and selection/calibration of instruments and context-specific scales were appropriate. 

  • Leading from the field:

Our team leadership is directly engaged in each project’s implementation, travelling personally in the field to guide the research process at key junctures in each project’s cycle.

  • Reliable and valid 360-degree metrics:

 A wide library of assessment instruments, most of which have been developed by the SeeD team, is made available to each country project.

  • Advanced Analytics:

We seek to introduce best practices in predictive statistical analysis, typically encountered only in academic social science literature, into the applied field of peacebuilding.

  • Direct Links to Policy and Programming:

Our approach includes participatory processes, global reviews of best practices and pilot interventions to ensure that research findings directly impact programme design.

  • Open Approach to Data:

All of our reports and SCORE data are uploaded to our website and the interactive SCORE online platform - www.scoreforpeace.org - respectively (subject to approval by project donors and partners).

  • Building Local Capacities:

 Through the various stages of project implementation, every effort is made to identify, train and collaborate with local researchers and peacebuilders, who can eventually lead sustainable research and peacebuilding initiatives.

Donors: The U.S. Department of State, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Implementing Parties: SeeD, Berghof Foundation and Interpeace

Dates: 01/10/2016 – ongoing

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Donor: United Nations Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT)

Implementing Party: SeeD

Dates: 05/05/2014 - 30/04/2015

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Donor: United Nations Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT)

Implementing parties: The NGO Support Centre (as the leading partner), SeeD and University of Nicosia)

Dates: 01/08/2014 – 30/07/2015

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