In July 2017, the UNDP engaged Sustineo to conduct the National Perceptions Survey on Peacebuilding Solomon Islands. The survey provided a fresh insight into people’s perceptions of peacebuilding immediately after the withdrawal of the RAMSI, and in the wake of recent efforts through the UN Peacebuilding Programme. The purpose of the survey was to obtain evidence on perceptions of different aspects of peacebuilding in the Solomon Islands and establish a credible baseline of information on community perceptions and attitudes across the key areas of peacebuilding, reconciliation, and engagement.
Sustineo employed a highly consultative approach to project design and implementation. The survey questionnaire was refined and reshaped in close consultation with UNDP to ensure highest relevance to their programme of work while ensuring the survey instrument was robust and would establish a sound baseline for monitoring and evaluation.
The survey was implemented in Solomon Islands Pijin by a team of local interviewers using tablet-based technology. The main data collection activity was conducted in July and August 2017 and surveyed a total of 2503 people, from 24 enumeration areas, across seven provinces and Honiara, with respondents from provincial centres and the surrounding areas. An additional 282 people were surveyed in October 2017 at three ‘hot spot’ sites in North Malaita and the settlements surrounding Honiara. The interview training, use of tablet technology, supervision and other quality and assurance checks ensure the collection of high-quality data from the field.
Sustineo’s approach to project design, implementation and analysis ensured high quality reports for the UNDP. The reporting was separated into technical and summary outputs. This communicated the integrity and depth of project findings (Technical Report) and clearly communicated the higher-level policy and programme-oriented findings and recommendations (Summary Report). Sustineo’s use of effective data visualisation techniques resulted in easily accessible outputs for non-technical audiences. The research findings were integrated into the design of the next phase of the Peacebuilding Programme, including measures to assess impact over time.
Sustineo’s ability to combine excellence in research practice with a client-focused approach to project design and delivery were critical in achieving outstanding project outcomes. The commitment to open, robust and productive engagement with the UNDP and its partners resulted in a survey instrument and reporting process which maximised the quality and the applicability of the final deliverables. Similarly, our experience in the Solomon Islands and enduring relationship with local researchers built over multiple projects ensured that the survey was designed and implemented to be culturally and contextually appropriate.