Project-wide workshop launches next phase of study

After two years of fieldwork, we convened our research partners from around the world for a project-wide workshop during the last week of June, 2011. Representatives from the inventory and survey implementation teams and each of the eight in-depth studies, along with TASCHA staff, met for three days on a beautiful campus on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, WA.

This workshop is significant in the Global Impact Study timeline, as it launched the next phase of our study – data analysis and integration. The majority of the workshop was devoted to sharing and discussing the emerging findings from each of the research activities. This revealed patterns and insights that will inform the integrated analysis effort over the coming year, culminating in the study’s final report, journal articles, policy briefs, practitioner tools and other outputs. Along the way we will be disseminating early reports, beginning with three working papers later this summer summarizing top-line results from the surveys.

We also began to identify opportunities, such as conferences and stakeholder convenings, to engage with communities that will be interested in the study’s findings.  We will announce these venues as they are confirmed.

A full workshop report will be released later this month.