Applied Research Workshop – TIA
The Applied Research Workshop (TIA) is a joint initiative between the ARU Foundation and the Institute of Socio-Economic Research of the Bolivian Catholic University “San Pablo” (IISEC – UCB). It was designed for the presentation, analysis and debate on the results obtained in preliminary or final research, submitted to the criteria of specialized experts according to the thematic area. To date, around 115 workshops have been held since its creation.
Admission to TIA’s is open to the public and free of charge.
Under the vision and principles of ARU Foundation, in 2013 presents the proposal to the “Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)” to implement the Community-Based Monitoring System in Bolivia. Obtaining the support of the PEP, ARU Foundation through the Micro Data and Surveys Unit, starts the preparations for the implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (SMBC) “i-Community” Project with the pilot test in Santa Cruz. The pilot test concluded with the delivery of final results to the community of Concepción, the ICE and the PEP in May 2014. Since the i-Community pilot test in Concepción was successfully completed, the project became part of the permanent work agenda of the ARU Foundation Data Unit as of 2014.
i-Community is the Bolivian Project of the Community-Based Monitoring System, its application generates opportunities to develop an information system that allows decision makers to diagnose and monitor changes in welfare indicators within the local sphere, to formulate plans and programs to address the risks of the population appropriately, to guide the allocation of resources and to target potential beneficiaries of social policies and strategic interventions.
To date, the municipalities in which the initiative has been implemented are:
- Municipality of Concepción, Santa Cruz, 2013.
- Municipality of Vallegrande, Santa Cruz, 2016.
- Municipality of Pampa Grande, Santa Cruz, 2017.
Evidence-based Events and Evidence-based Dialogues
Between 2017 and 2019, studies on inequality, poverty, educational inequities and labour gaps were carried out as part of agreements between Oxfam and ARU Foundation. The channel chosen to carry out this task was through interaction workshops with young people; this, based on the previous experiences in the realization of the Evidence-based Events (EBE), instituted in previous managements by the ARU Foundation, as meeting points for the dissemination of research results and informed debate between specialists, civil society and public institutions.
Based on the promotion of the data culture, rigorous research and inspired by the format of the EBEs, a robust scientific research Project initiated in 2017 evolved developing an advocacy component through workshops with young people from civil society. The new version of these spaces for discussion and debate on evidence were renamed Evidence-based Dialogues (EBD). During 2019, EBD workshops were held in the cities of Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, El Alto and La Paz, and a virtual format of these workshops was innovated.