The EPI Approach
The EPI research approach produces everyday indicators of difficult-to-measure concepts such as peace, reconciliation, governance and violent extremism. By teaming up with local NGOs, EPI works with communities to generate these indicators. Using participatory research methods, EPI utilizes focus groups to identify indicators that communities use to assess changes in peace and conflict in their locality. These indicators can then be used to design, monitor and evaluate external interventions. The choice of indicators helps reveal community priorities and how communities see their own experiences.
In addition, the Everyday Peace Indicators approach strives to influence wider debates about the measurement of difficult-to-measure concepts and aims to develop a system complementary to standard top-down indexes and barometers by influencing the debates on concept formation and quantitative measurement.
The EPI Ethos
The EPI research approach is a cooperative, bottom-up endeavor. As a starting point, it believes that local communities are best placed to conduct research on their own communities – they understand the context best. The approach operates via local NGOs, sources the indicators from the communities themselves, and shares the research findings with the communities. The EPI research framework should help communities identify local priorities and could also help communities identify common goals.
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