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START team provides online training on mixed-methods research on preventing and countering violent extremism in Pakistan


START team provides online training on mixed-methods research on preventing and countering violent extremism in Pakistan

October 8, 2021Erin Copland

This past summer, the START training team produced the course “Novel Approaches to Mixed-Methods P/CVE Research and Practice” in partnership with Creative Learning, Inc.

This course aimed to advance the participants’ knowledge and skills on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) both broadly and within Pakistan.

“We were very encouraged by the feedback we received from the participants,” START Program Director for Education and Training Liberty Day said. “The participants particularly appreciated the focus on qualitative and quantitative research methods, even when they already had a lengthy background in this research. They also noted the application to the Pakistani context as being particularly helpful.”

The various modules covered topics such as radicalization, research ethics and select relevant research methods, and skills communicating research findings to policymakers and practitioners in P/CVE.

“It was a pleasure to work with our colleagues at Creative Learning, Inc., to offer entry-level and mid-level researchers from universities, academic institutes and think-tanks in Pakistan this intensive self-paced, facilitated online course,” Day said. “Overall, we believe we achieved our outlined goals and look forward to future opportunities to provide similar valuable instruction to other interested partners and their respective networks.”