Programme

The Symposium will explore the tools and methods needed to support the translation of qualitative evidence into policy and practice, and will examine ways of strengthening capacity in this area, particularly in the global South. The Symposium also will provide opportunities to share with a multisectoral community your experiences and ideas on using qualitative evidence to support decision making. A wide range of organisations from across sectors are contributing to developing an exciting and innovative programme for the Symposium.

Draft Symposium Programme

 

Day 0

(8th October)

Day 1

(9th October 2019)

Day 2

(10th October 2019)

Day 3

(11th October 2019)

09:00-10:00

Training workshops

Opening plenary: Setting the scene – qualitative evidence and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Objective: To understand what qualitative evidence is, and how it can support decisions relevant to the SDGs

Plenary: Humanising policies and programmes – the roles of qualitative evidence

Objective: To explore how programmes and policies can be made more acceptable, feasible, equitable and sustainable through the wider use of qualitative evidence

Plenary: Moving forward – strengthening collaborations and capacity for robust and relevant qualitative evidence

Objective: To discuss ways of strengthening collaborations across sectors, geographies and disciplines to produce robust and relevant qualitative evidence

10:00-11:15

Possible topics for sessions:

  • Qualitative evidence and the SDGs – what are the critical questions for which qualitative evidence may be relevant?
  • Using qualitative evidence to humanise policies, inform decisions and improve equity – case studies
  • Working intersectorally in low and middle income countries – lessons learnt from qualitative research focusing on intersectoral issues

Possible topics for sessions:

  • Tools for incorporating qualitative evidence in decision support processes across sectors
  • Impact evaluations of programmes across sectors – the roles of qualitative methods
  • Making better use of available qualitative data within decision making for the SDGs
  • Addressing the challenges of multi-sectoral work
  • Citizen science and qualitative evidence
  • From local to global and back again: the role of qualitative evidence in adapting programmes to context

Possible topics for sessions:

  • Building cross-sectoral partnerships to produce qualitative evidence for SDG questions
  • Strengthening the qualitative evidence ecosystem: new models for developing capacity
  • Using qualitative evidence to prepare for future global challenges
  • Building bridges between qualitative evidence users and producers

11:15-11:45

 

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

11:45-13:00

Training workshops

Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions

Training workshops

Parallel sessions

Training workshops

13:00-14:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:00-14:45

Training workshops

Parallel sessions

Training workshops

Open Space

Open Space

14:45-15:30

Open Space

Open Space

15:30-16:00

 

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

16:00-17:00

Training workshops

Open Space

Parallel sessions

Closing session: Next steps