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A picture is worth a thousand words – collecting data using picture cards in Solomon Islands 

The project aims to develop a behaviour change intervention that promotes safe child faeces management in rural Solomon Islands villages. To do so, the research team is conducting formative research to learn about current child faeces management practices, attitudes, motives (what makes people do or not do certain things related to child faeces management), and the different roles of men and women in childcare activities.
[caption id="attachment_3308" align="alignnone" width="549"] One of the picture cards given to the community. Photo: IWC.[/caption]   The research project Promoting Safe Child Faeces Management in Solomon Islands led by the International WaterCentre at Griffith University in partnership with the Solomon Islands National University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, addressees this issue.  The project aims to develop a behaviour change intervention that promotes safe child faeces management in rural Solomon Islands villages. To do so, the research team is conducting formative research to learn about current child faeces management practices, attitudes, motives (what makes people do or not do certain things related to child faeces management), and the different roles of men and women in childcare activities.  Talking about faeces and sanitation can be uncomfortable for most people. Likewise, identifying your own motives for doing something that is normally a habit and talking about gender roles and norms can be difficult and complexTo overcome these difficulties, the research team opted to base the research interviews around pictures instead. Sometimes finding words to talk about difficult or complex and abstract topics can be daunting for participants, which is why the picture cards method is appropriate. Using picture cards means respondents can be prompted visually and externalise their replies, which helps to add richness to their responses.   [caption id="attachment_3306" align="alignnone" width="545"] Community members discussing the image cards. Photo: IWC.[/caption]   It was important to the team that the picture cards we used were contextually relevant and culturally appropriate, which is why we engaged Solomon Islands artists to capture different situations related to daily household activities and child faeces management in rural Solomon Islands.   The picture cards tool is available to download and use from the project website here: https://d9g3mju4iidx1.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/13155303/Child-Faeces-Management-IWC-2020-Picture-Cards.pdf  If you would like to know more about the research project, please visit our website: http://www.watercentre.org/research/research-impacts/promoting-safe-child-faeces-management-in-solomon-islands/    [caption id="attachment_3307" align="alignnone" width="545"] Community members discussing the image cards. Photo: IWC.[/caption]   CFM: The Solomon Islands Infant and Child Faeces Management project is managed by the International WaterCentre at the Australian Rivers Institute within Griffith University and delivered with our research partners Solomon Islands National University, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The research is funded by the Australian Aid’s Water for Women Fund. https://www.watercentre.org/research/research-impacts/promoting-safe-child-faeces-management-in-solomon-islands/

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IWC research partnership enters “action” phase in Solomon Islands 

The baseline assessments consist of WASH household survey to assess the WASH situation and householders’ attitudes and practices, infrastructure inspections of the water system, sanitary risk assessments and water quality testing, as well as key informant interviews.  
[caption id="attachment_3282" align="aligncenter" width="430"] SINU researchers conducting drinking water quality testing in a rural village in Solomon Islands.[/caption]   The baseline assessments consist of WASH household survey to assess the WASH situation and householders’ attitudes and practices, infrastructure inspections of the water system, sanitary risk assessments and water quality testing, as well as key informant interviews. The data collection activities will be conducted again in communities after the implementation of different community engagement approaches, as part of a before and after assessment to determine the impacts of different interventions for improving community-based water management. Another component of data collection involves process monitoring through interviews with implementers from government and NGO partners, to identify strengths and weaknesses, to inform implementation effectiveness and, where appropriate, revision of the approaches.  [caption id="attachment_3284" align="aligncenter" width="429"] SINU researchers conducting key informant interviews in a rural village in Solomon Islands.[/caption]   The PaCWaM+ project is managed by the International WaterCentre at Griffith University and delivered with our research partners Solomon Islands National University and The University of the South Pacific. The research is funded by the Australian Aid’s Water for Women Fund, and is supported by Plan International Australia, Live Learn Solomon Islands, Habitat for Humanity Australia and Fiji.    [caption id="attachment_3286" align="aligncenter" width="420"] USP researchers conducting drinking water quality testing in a rural village in Fiji.[/caption]   For more information, visit our website: http://www.watercentre.org/research/research-impacts/pcwm/    NOTE: Top Banner Photo Credit: LA Times.   Collaboration List: Image previewImage previewImage previewImage preview Image previewImage previewImage previewImage preview

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Community members receive research findings reports 

The report also includes key recommendations that community members and leaders can implement to improve their water services, as well as information about hand hygiene in the context of COVID-19.  
Copies of the village reports were presented to the Village Chief, the Water Committee, and the village nurse in each community. Additionally, posters were displayed in public places where all the community members could see them  The water committee members who received these reports thanked the research team for conducting the research in their community and for bringing back the results. A water committee chairman from one of the communities said, “the report shares a very powerful message to the village and noted that they have started planning how the committee can work together with the community to improve their water supply system and management practices based on the research findings.   [caption id="attachment_3263" align="aligncenter" width="790"] Community members receive research findings reports. Photo: IWC.[/caption]   The PaCWaM+ project is managed by the International WaterCentre at Griffith University and delivered with our research partners, Solomon Islands National University and the University of South Pacific. The research is funded by the Australian Aid’s Water for Women Fund, and is supported by Plan International Australia, Live & Learn Solomon Islands, Habitat for Humanity Australia and Fiji.  To learn more, visit: www.watercentre.org/research/pcwm   

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Alumni of the IWC Water Leadership Program reconnect 

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Conversations

Stakeholder engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic: Running an international multi-modal research workshop for the Inclusive WASH-at Work project. 

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Conversations

Happy World Toilet Day from the International WaterCentre! 

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Conversations

Professional postgraduate education in a COVID world 

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New tool shows water security vital for fighting COVID-19 in Indo-Pacific 

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Matchmaking for water solutions at high-impact marketplace event 

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Challenges and opportunities for the water sector 

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How pollution is robbing rural America of fresh water 

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