Overview of Capacity Building Activities

Training Objectives
The training activities will build the capacity of the governments of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana to carry out nationally representative surveys on child labor in the cocoa growing areas and to effectively monitor and verify progress made toward eliminating exploitive child labor and forced adult labor in the cocoa sector.

Training Participants
The focus of the training activities is on building the capacity of decision makers and technical staff likely in charge of, or involved in, the allocation of resources and/or the design and implementation of future child labor related survey research. This includes enumerators and statisticians at the national statistical offices in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, as well as representatives from the countries’ national labor ministries, cocoa boards and education departments.

Development of Training Curriculum
The capacity building combines seminar work with individual mentoring. The training curriculum was developed in consultation with USDOL and the governments of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana using a knowledge capital approach. This type of approach first identifies the individuals in each country who form the resource pool for conducting government sponsored survey research, and then documents the specific skills and competencies of each person. Next, through personal interviews, the project team identifies areas of survey research design and implementation that need updating or more formal training. While the workshop format facilitates this macro approach, the mentoring component offers a more individualized format that avoids repetition of concepts already known, and polishes and upgrades skills of the practitioners. The creation of a knowledge capital database for the region will be critical in helping guide governments as they assess and recruit individuals and organizations to undertake future research, including data collection on child labor.

Training Plan and Materials
The training consists of three modules designed to be delivered in a three 5-day workshop format. Click here to access the training materials for each module. 

Module 1: Survey Design and Sampling







•Child labor and the WFCL in the West African cocoa sector
•The Harkin-Engel Protocol
•Tulane University’s role
•Role of Ghanaian/Ivoirian government

Definition and Concepts

•Defining child labor and WFCL in the context of child labor in the cocoa sector
•Development of indicators of hazardous work

Survey Research Design

•Research questions
•Survey design strategies and methods
•Tulane University’s 2013/14 surveys on child labor in the West African growing areas


•Sampling for representative household-based surveys
•Multi-stage cluster sampling
•Determining sample size

Practical Constraints and  Limitations

•Practical considerations
•Research limitations
•Tulane’s survey research experience
•Ghana’s/Côte d’Ivoire’s experience

Module 2: Data Collection Strategies






Data Collection Instrument Development

•Types of questionnaires
•Wording and refining questions
•Questionnaire structure

Field Worker Training and Pilot Testing

•Hiring and training fieldworkers
•Pilot testing



Ethical Considerations and Logistics

•IRB process
•Informed consent procedures
•Surveyor code of conduct
•Field logistics

Field Data Entry and Technology

•Technology for data entry and storage


Supervision and Data Management

•Supervision and quality control
•Data storage and management


 Module 3: Data Analysis and Use






Data Cleaning

•Incomplete observations/missing responses
•Data entry error
•Other data cleaning issues

Descriptive Data Analysis

•Demographic characteristics
Identifying variables
•Descriptive statistics
•Summary of survey data


Weighting & Extrapolation

•Calculating weights
•Identifying and constructing key variables
•Weighting observations
•Making population projections

Preparing the Report

•Required report sections
•Preparing data tables and narrative
•Discussion of findings and suggestions

Disseminating Findings

•Soliciting and incorporating stakeholder feedback
•Public release of report
•Media coverage and public reaction



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