Between April 14 and 19, 2019, the Yemen Polling Center held a series of workshops at its headquarters in Taiz on approaches to assessing local security. The workshops are part of the project “Re-building Peace and Security in Yemen” implemented by YPC support of the European Union’s Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (ICSP).
One of the workshops brought together YPC’s fieldwork supervisors, as well as members of their teams from all of Yemen at the headquarters in Taiz. The workshop was organized in preparation of a nationwide representative survey on security perceptions, and to train the researchers on institutional assessment, and monitoring. The goal of the training is to build the capacigy of fieldwork supervisors to assess local security and collect data related to security structures.
The training is to prepare the researchers to conduct high-quality research, while at the same time safeguarding their own and their team’s personal security. Special emphasis was placed on their ability to assess institutional capacities on the local level and monitor the behvaior of security providers. With the additional training on institutional assessment, the supervisors can increase their role as experts and better assess institutional capacities of state and non-state actors in the security sector.
This, coupled with on-the-job-training should prepare supervisors to act as security experts of their respective governorates. Field supervisors are to consult YPC and its researchers on their work and provide their expertise to improve research outputs. On one of the workshop days, the supervisors passed on their knowledge to youth activists and together participated in training on assessing and monitoring security institutions.
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YPC nationwide representative survey, April–July 2019. Data cited in this paper is drawn from this survey unless otherwise indicated.
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