SeeD uses participatory research to make effective and sustainable policy recommendations that seek to support informed decision-making, based on the values of inclusivity, accountability and democracy. The ultimate goal of SeeD is to promote inclusivity and knowledge as the basis for policy decisions while raising awareness of citizens so as to increase civic participation, responsibility and multi-perspectivity. To achieve this objective, SeeD is using the following tools:

 

Participatory Polling is an action research methodology through which the general public is consulted on policy related issues, using a questionnaire that has been designed with the contribution of societal and political stakeholders. The results then serve as a basis for public dialogue and feed into the policymaking process. Participatory polling not only observes public opinion, but it opens up substantive avenues of communication between society at large and decision-makers in an attempt to set the policy agenda and identify salient issues. More specifically, Participatory Polling can contribute towards achieving the following strategic objectives:

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The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index is developed through a partnership between UNDP-ACT and SeeD with USAID funding. It is implemented under a non-commercial, royalty-free licence from the United Nations Development Programme. As a customisable, flexible and evidence-based predictive instrument, the SCORE Index can be utilized to identify programmatic entry points which are most likely to have a positive impact on peacebuilding outcomes. From this perspective the SCORE Index speaks to the concerns of the donor community which fund post-conflict peacebuilding projects but are still uncertain about the real efficacy of their investments. The SCORE Index offers governments, donors and peacebuilding organisations the opportunity to systematically design and test conflict transformation theories of change before sponsoring and endorsing new peace-building programmes.

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