METHODS

SPROCKLER Research

SPROCKLER is an innovative new storytelling research tool to make sense of what happens in organisations and communities.

 

It enables the user to collect stories about a matter of relevance, be it the safety in a production plant, women’s role in conflict resolution in communities, or the evaluation of an organisations’ strategy. SPROCKLER can be used online – using an app or the Internet – or offline – simply using pen and paper.

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A unique feature of SPROCKLER is that respondents give meaning to their own story, instead of others interpreting what their story “supposedly” means. Once we have collected lots of stories, we categorise them. This allows us to see the larger patterns across organisations or communities. In other words, it produces user-friendly statistical information, backed up by real-life stories.

 

SPROCKLER is the alternative to traditional surveys and questionnaires that assume that the right questions are asked, are often boring to fill out, don’t share the final results with the respondent, and that do little justice to the complexity of our modern world in which things are not so straightforward as assumed.

Using SPROCKLER you gain access to both people’s personal experiences as well as the larger patterns across organisations or communities.

SPROCKLER was developed by Han Rakels, Lisette Gast and Anne van Marwijk of Perspectivity in collaboration with René van der Heijden of SPADit and a Czech-based software development team for technical support.

Examples of recent reports:

  • Dutch membership organisation for development cooperation Partos explored the scenarios for the future.
  • The Technical University of Delft, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember evaluated their project to improve the curricula in the area of water.
  • The Royal Tropical Institute is using it for its mid-term review of a project in the Mozambican seed sector. See here for internal stakeholders and here for external stakeholders
  • Over twenty local and provincial coordinators and the head of monitoring and evaluation of the Agency for Development of the Zambezi Valley were trained to design inquiries, collect data, visualize them and interpret their meaning. To read the collected stories and look at the data they collected, see here.
  • Perspectivity intern Hanna used Sprockler to collect stories about Hotel con Corazón educational programmes in Nicaragua.

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Evaluating the Prevention up Front Alliance

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Evaluation at a distance with YMCA in Togo

Evaluation at a distance with YMCA in Togo

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Sensemaking in WASH initiatives with RVO in Kenya and Ghana

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Stories on loneliness in Amsterdam

Stories on loneliness in Amsterdam

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Our toolbox

In our work, we use a broad range of methodologies and approaches that lean on decades of experimental research. We gratefully build on the theories and concepts developed by our teachers and colleagues. To achieve sustainable results, we determine which method fits every project best. 

Methods we frequently use: