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Measuring African Civil Society

Measuring African Civil Society

In 2010, Bev Russell described her methodological innovations in the measurement of civil society in Africa at the ISTR Conference in Istanbul. Her paper outlines the practical methodological and measurement considerations for undertaking a bottom-up, evidence-based appraisal of civic agency, in its entirety, as it presents itself in Africa. Only through a completely fresh look at the why, the how and the who of civil society in Africa can we really attempt to make sense of what it is and its current and potential influence on the broader issues of African governance and democracy.

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Education


From ECD to higher and further education, we measure the quality and quantity of learning, continually adapting the assessment and measurement methods required

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Access to Education Study

“First nationally representative study in SA to measure the barriers to access education for primary and secondary school children”.

Education Study Fact Sheets

Social Cohesion & Protest


We study social cohesion at the community level, seeking to understand the underlying causes, triggers and responses to unrest and the ways in which communities organise and govern themselves.

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Poverty & Inequality


To reduce both absolute and relative deprivation, it is crucial to understand how individuals, families and communities experience deprivation in all its dimensions, and how different people and communities experience and respond to it in different ways.

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Land & Housing


Land and housing are economic assets, spaces of social interaction, and points of identity and belonging. These dimensions, and more, inform our thinking about land tenure systems, housing needs assessments, settlement planning, infrastructure impacts, urbanisation & labour mobility, informal settlement upgrades and farm worker evictions.

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Farm Evictions Study

“Cutting edge new methodology to measure the prevalence & impact of farm evictions in South Africa.”
Book: “Still searching for Security” by Social Surveys and Nkunzi Development Association

Social Issues in Mining


Social Surveys has a 30-year track record in the mining sector, advising communities, mining houses and civil society partners on labour migration, housing needs, relocations, employee safety and productivity, protest risk and environmental impacts.

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Civil Society, Philanthropy, Giving & Volunteering


How do you understand the nature of civil society organisations, community-level philanthropy and the practices of giving and volunteering in African contexts characterised by informality, collectivism and deep mutual support networks?

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The NPO Study

“First nationally representative study to determine size & scope of the NPO sector in SA – part of the Johns Hopkins NPO Project”
Book: “Size & Scope of the Non-profit Sector in South Africa” by Mark Swilling & Bev Russell-Rice

Health


from behaviour change communication to health facility capacity assessments, and from in-depth local pilot studies to large-scale multi-method impact evaluations, our work in health spans many subjects and methods

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Youth & Employment


We seek to understand the full spectrum of ways in which people participate in the economy

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Methods and Field Notes


Quality in, quality out. Excellence in data collection and processing is fundamental to interpretation and insight with integrity.

Gender and Sexuality


To challenge homophobia, it is important to understand sexuality and gender issues

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Events


Events give us the chance to talk to new people. Talking is good! New people are good!

8th South African AIDS Conference

Social Surveys Africa Research Director Tara Polzer Ngwato presents at the 8th South African AIDS Conference in Durban, presenting methodological innovations in a study conducted with Genesis Analytics for the Soul City Institute on the long term impacts of...

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Democracy Works

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, Social Surveys Africa co-hosted a debate with the Democracy Works Foundation entitled DEFENDING DEMOCRACY - INSTITUTIONS AND THE PEOPLE (7 May 2017, Women’s Jail, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg). The speakers were Dr...

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