by Dr Simon Batchelor, Dr Kevin McKemey, Dr O Sakyi Dawson
Journal section: General Article
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This article presents the use of a new assessment tool to assist the design of any development or emergency intervention.
The assessment tool is useful in two ways:
* It allows you to find out detailed information in a short time – good for emergencies and where there is no resident anthropologist.
* It is not just one person’s opinion or interpretation of what other people have said, so it identifies accurately what the majority think.
It is called a ‘tool’ because it can be used by a field team, with a small amount of support from a sociologist who helps to get the format of the formal questions correct. It comprises a set of formal questions which depend on the statements made during a general survey. There is always the same structure to find out very precisely about people’s beliefs, values, social influences and behaviour.
This new assessment tool is called the TORA, and in the case study below, it was used to find out the particular beliefs which were stopping people from adopting specific domestic energy strategies within displaced communities in Northern Ghana.
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