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AYAD heads in to the field

Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD), Rebecca King, recently had her first experience with field work research in Jargalant soum, in Tov aimag Mongolia.

In line with the in-country strategy of the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), the primary objective of the research undertaken on this trip was to conduct a baseline survey of both a representative and non-representative sample of SDC beneficiary households. The SDC’s overall goal is to contribute to equitable and sustainable social and economic development in Mongolia. SDC interventions are focused on: (1) Agriculture and Food Security; (2) Vocational Education and Training; and (3) State Reform, Local Governance and Civic Participation. IRIM was contracted to develop and maintain a monitoring system to measure the results of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2013-16, which requires a complementary external survey.

Experiencing the challenges regularly faced by Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) staff, Rebecca was able to get a unique insight in to survey research practices in this remote location. By encouraging her to engage with the survey process, IRIM staff introduced Rebecca to best-practices when working with local herders and enabled her to experience a unique aspect of Mongolian culture.