Capacity building, collaboration and training workshops on research methods
Between August and September 2018 SLF facilitated two workshops with the HSRC. The first was an introduction to various research methodologies, including SLF’s Small Area Census approach used for conducting research on economic activities in informal settings. We also introduced the HSRC team to a number of other important visual, more participatory methods, such as Digital Storytelling (DST), Collective / Collaborative Film Making and Photovoice. In the second workshop SLF facilitated a digital story telling process with informal actors / microenterprise owners in the Philippi East Township. The workshop had a dual purpose and was designed to inform CeSTII’s research and also served as practical training opportunities for HSRC researchers. The DST process produced seven new high calibre digital stories, which speak to the theme of community engagement, innovation and the need for inclusive development in a township setting. HSRC researchers were also able to collect a wealth of additional qualitative and visual data during the same period.