NGOs and women’s groups learn about documentation methodology
Two workshops on documentation methodology have just taken place at the UNICEF office in Tehran. Attended by women’s groups and NGOs and organized by UNICEF’s Women’s Empowerment Programme, the workshops covered data collection, report writing, advocacy and strategic planning.
The purpose of the workshops was to provide members of women’s groups and NGOs with the tools for strengthened documentation methodology.
“Documentation is an integral component of successful planning, implementation and evaluation for any organization,” said Roshanak Ameli Tehrani, the workshop trainer. “If performed correctly, it allows an NGO to be more effective in reaching its goals as well as in facilitating meaningful and sustainable social change.”
Participants were also presented with workbooks which included exercises that they had to complete, within their organization and as an ongoing working group, to increase workshop benefits and to prepare them for more advanced training on this topic.
“The workshop has been very useful and necessary,” said Leila Towhid, a member of the NGO, Communication Network of Rural Cooperation, and one of the participants. “A workshop like this is an opportunity for us to get together and exchange information and past experiences, which is very effective in my opinion.”
By the end of both workshops, participants should be able to understand how best to utilize documentation as a tool in advocacy and in organizational strengthening.
“There are many NGOs working in Iran, but for cultural reasons a lot of them think it’s morally inappropriate to tell the public about services they are giving to people”, said Ashraf Gerami-zadegan, from the Association for the Protection of Women’s Rights. “But this workshop convinced us that letting people know about our activities and documenting them could be very helpful for us.”
The participants formed working groups at the end of the workshop. They will return to UNICEF for a follow up training in a few months time.
“Women’s NGOs and groups play an important role in both community participation and advocacy,” said Mahsa Shekaloo, UNICEF’s Women’s Empowerment assistant programme officer. “The idea is to further strengthen the capacity of women's groups to act as agents of social change and development. Documentation methodology is an effective tool towards that end.”