While Empatika has evolved since this period to encompass a range of methods, our values are rooted in the principles of RCA, such as using emic approaches, putting people first, informality, and embracing complexity.
Empatika continues to specialise in facilitating training for and conducting immersive and participatory approaches to research. We have also developed expertise, including human-centered design and video-based projects/workshops like digital storytelling (DST). We also use this expertise to bring in participatory processes as part of enhancing traditional qualitative tools like focus group discussions and interviews.
Empatika currently has 13 Senior Researchers who have led or co-led immersions and other qualitative studies in Asia and Africa. We also have active networks of trained local researchers in many of the countries where we have worked, such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Pakistan, Nepal and Uganda.
All our staff and researchers are trained in child safeguarding procedures including a full-day training as part of our RCA Level 1 Immersion Research training which all Empatika researchers undergo prior to joining any fieldwork.
We are an international group of researchers and trainers who deliver high quality, complexity-aware research and customised training which always puts people at the centre. Our research and training inspires you to think differently about development solutions and social change processes and is based on building trust, giving voice and listening to those people for whom development interventions are intended.
Our Core Values
1. Empatika works with ethically, like-minded partners including funders and commissioners to adopt a people-centred approach that is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As an independent research entity, our work is geared towards facilitating learning as opposed to promoting a specific agenda. All our products and publications aim to take the position of people by amplifying their voices and perceptions without distortion.