As with all of AU Watch’s programs research and evaluation are at the heart of what we doat the Centre, as it strengthens our work, helps us to evaluate our impact and reach, and contributes to the exchange of policy ideas. Our research and consultancy services are based on lessons learned from nearly 30 years of development, human rights and security work. We understand that failure to base policy and programs on sound political, scientific, economic and social analysis can have devastating consequences for whole communities.
The Centre’s research program informs each stage of project delivery and helps us measure our impact and reach. The idea is we will co-construct knowledgeand reconstruct excellence – by developing and implementing collaborative ways of working with a range of stakeholders which engage multiple perspectives in defining problems and questions and in generating knowledge that helps vulnerable people and communities. We will continue the engaged excellence of our work, including fuller integration of cutting-edge approaches to impact AU Watch’s research and knowledge activities and deepened collaboration with the AU.
Using its network of scholars, volunteers and other professionals, including think-tanks we use research and evaluation to help inform political, economic and social policies at the AU to improve people’s lives and to bring about lasting change. Our research findings inform our publications, events and online engagement. These help to build an evidence base for the role of media and communication in the promotion and protection of human rights, governance, social justice, eradication of poverty and sustainable development, as well as influence policy and practice.