• In discussion with Mayawa personnel during the EA Trade Fair in Mwanza Sept. 2010
  • ROMME soliciting views from the UMABU Board (Musoma Sept. 2011)
  • ROMME encourages female parents to participate in evaluation assignments

Our Approach

ROMME Centre employs technically balanced mix of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, in order to obtain useful information about the past, the present and the future of the issue in question. ROMME Consultants would ensure that there is adequate stakeholders’ consultation during the undertakings of the assignment concerned. In particular, the consultants will ensure that there is a meaningful participation of the key project staff and beneficiaries as a means of knowledge transfer as well as making implementation of recommendations possible. 

The Centre’s approach is grounded in business/industrial anthropology theory. This highly participatory approach is concerned with processes of social and cultural changes that are taking place due to the implementation of the project. This approach allows the consultants to enter the project and become participants within it - getting to know the stakeholders and becoming accepted by them, and working with them to ensure the best possible results are obtained by the project in question. The research/consultancy process describes the multiple realities and truths as perceived by the various stakeholder groups and individuals.

As part of this participatory approach, some of the stakeholders’ perceptions are fed back to them by the consultants during interviews along with other stakeholders’ perceptions. These are discussed, resulting in consensus being achieved. At the outset of any exercise, a meeting is held between the Client and the Consultants in order to clarify the commitments, responsibilities and expectations of each of these parties. The process culminates in the consultants’ debriefing with the client’s management at the end of the data gathering phase. A final opportunity for feedback and consensus is in the stakeholders’ review of the draft reports. The responses to the draft reports provide the consultants with the materials for the preparation of the final reports.

This approach allows the ROMME Consultants to learn more on the strategies, approaches, processes and systems that have been put in place to enhance smooth implementation and increase potentials to achieve targets and sustainability of the proposed programme to implement in future. Indeed, this approach allows the consultants to make informed judgments to align the project with the client’s existing strategies and the different reform processes taking place at the international, national and local levels.

Data collection methods use five broad methods: review of relevant documents, workshops, field work which involves in-depth interviews, focus group discussions (FGDs) and direct observations.