Saturday, October 15, 2011

Youth Conflict & Tolerance Survey

Conflict and tolerance are relevant issues for western (Republic of) Georgia, which has experienced civil war in the 1990s and the recent 2008 war with Russia. Save the Children, with funding from the EU, conducted formative research among youth in regions on both sides of the de facto  administrative border between Samegrelo and Gali regions.

In cooperation with several colleagues, we used formative research (Focus group discussion, in-depth interviews, and key informant interviews), to develop a Youth Conflict and Tolerance Survey (YCTS) tool for western Georgia. The YCTS tool focuses on conflict and tolerance issues youth confront in three context settings: the home, at school and in the community. It is a 185 item survey instrument divided into 6 sections: 1) Respondent characteristics, 2) Knowledge of conflict resolution skills and attitudes, 3) Types of conflict in the home, 4) Types of conflict at school/education facility, 5) Types of conflict in the community, and 6) General attitudes. The YCTS underwent a time-stability (reliability) test which showed that the majority of the questions in each section are reasonably stable.

The YCTS tool is designed to be completed either via self-administration (where the youth reads and answers the questions on their own) or via oral administration (where a youth worker or teacher reads each question and the youth answers each question on their own). The YCTS tool is designed for program development (general assessment) and program evaluation (change resulting from program interventions). Change over time is tracked through the administration of the YCTS tool on at least two separate occasions (Time One and Time Two) -- using the same survey methodology, the same instrument with the same learners.
In addition, a YCTS handbook was developed to provide a simple, step-by-step guide to effectively administer the Youth Conflict & Tolerance Survey (YCTS) Tool. Download the TCTS Handbook and please send me your comments, suggestions, and critiques.

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