Parliamentary Research Methods

Statement of Need

Parliamentarians and staff members involved in parliamentary affairs often need to make well-informed decisions on a wide range of issues. Conducting thorough and reliable research is crucial for gathering evidence, understanding the implications of proposed policies, and making informed choices. This course helps participants develop the skills to conduct rigorous research that supports evidence-based decision-making in parliamentary contexts. Parliamentary bodies are responsible for developing and reviewing policies that affect society. Effective research methods are essential for gathering data, evaluating the effectiveness of policies, and making evidence-based recommendations for improvement. This course enables participants to develop the skills and techniques necessary to conduct policy-related research in a parliamentary setting. Parliamentary research methods assist individuals in effectively advocating for particular policies or positions. By conducting rigorous research, participants can gather and present evidence to support their arguments and proposals. Whether it involves presenting data, academic studies, expert opinions, or stakeholder perspectives, this course equips participants with the skills to conduct research that strengthens their advocacy efforts.

How participants will benefit
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of research in parliamentary affairs.
  • Familiarize participants with the fundamental principles, concepts, and ethics of parliamentary research.
  • Equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct effective research in parliamentary contexts.
  • Provide practical guidance on using various research methods and techniques relevant to parliamentary studies.
  • Enhance participants’ ability to critically evaluate and analyze research findings in the parliamentary context.
  • Foster the ability to effectively communicate research findings to support evidence-based decision-making and policymaking.
  • Promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing among participants engaged in parliamentary research.