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Current Projects

What we're working on, from participatory and mixed methods research to community-based programming

1. Impact Evaluation of the Transforming the Cocoa Sector in Indonesia through Value Addition for Smallholders project

This mixed methods evaluation will help establish a baseline for exploring how well the program's public private partnerships are functioning along with its added value in contributing to inclusive and sustainable food systems and sectors. Data collection includes qualitative interviews with farmers, employers, and project staff, along with a survey with 410 smallholder farmers in East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, Bali. Joint mixed methods analysis will be conducted in partnership with Stats4SD.

2. Social Behavior Related to Literacy in Schools

This new study for Tanoto Foundation's PINTAR program aims to better understand the factors (individual, school, and family) that hinder improvement of students’ literacy skills, along with how the program has addressed these challenges. The fieldwork includes participatory focus group discussions, interviews, and classroom observation across three provinces, East Kalimantan, Jambi, and Central Java. Schools will include a mix of primary and junior secondary schools, both those receiving and not receiving the program.

3. New Study on Transformative Digital Storytelling with youth on their use of chemical products 

This project will explore Indonesian youth’s use of chemical products, from prescription drugs to alcohol to cosmetics. For the first phase of this project, Empatika will facilitate a transformative digital storytelling (DST) workshop with youth in the Yogyakarta area who have experience using chemical products. For the second phase, with support from Empatika facilitators, the DST stories produced by youth will be used by University of Gajah Mada (UGM) students as discussion tools during their community service projects (KKN) as part of exploring intervention strategies related to the use of these products. This project is partnering with the University of Amsterdam.

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