CCDH Surveys & Data Analysis
Since April 2015, I have been working with CCDH (Christian Center for Human Rights) to design tools to measure the impact of their work for this coming evaluation in January 2016. One of these tools was a survey. After designing the survey, we distributed it to Houses of Justice in Nicaragua to be returned by September-October 2015.
Since the majority of, “Houses of Justice” locations lack resources (finances and internet access), they could not send back the surveys through email or mail. So, I decided to travel to different Houses of Justice to collect the surveys and to carry interviews for possible qualitative information. For three weeks, I traveled to Managua, Masaya, Niquinohomo, Matagalpa, Jinotega, Boaco, León, and Chinandega. By taking every type of public transportation that exists in Nicaragua, I was able to reach a wide variety of “Houses of Justice” in Nicaragua. This opportunity allowed me to see the bigger picture of the work of CCDH and learned about their improvements in the past three years.
Besides their own work, I got to personally interact with the volunteer lawyers who have been working with CCDH. Their passion was not merely out of empathy. Those lawyers intimately connected with people, especially those who are going through injustices, because they were the ones who had gone through similar issues before they become lawyers. I learned that when you can actually wear another person’s shoes, it is much easier for you to build a trust with that person.
While I was traveling around Nicaragua, an intern from Dordt College, Matthew Bolt, started to work with us for three weeks. He traveled along with me towards the end of November to learn about CCDH’s work in general. Moreover, he assisted me with data analysis after collecting all the surveys. We ran the data that we have collected and we analyzed them into different categories for the evaluation 2016. I cannot imagine myself doing all the data analysis in a short period of time without Matt’s help. I am very thankful for this input to this particular project.