Applied Research Bureau Ltd

Research & Education


Kampala, Uganda


History and staffing

Applied Research Bureau (ARB) Limited is an Institution working in the field of international social development. ARB was established in 2010, and is included in the registrar of companies in Uganda.  ARB has  over 20 years of cumulative experience in the fields of social, culture, health, Education, development, program implementation and management, research, training, knowledge management and results - based monitoring and evaluation (RBM). ARB was formed with the lens to contribute to global agenda including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that ended in 2015 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. Designs of all ARB activities takes into account crosscutting issues such as gender, climate and information and communication technology for development (ICT4D).

Vision

ARB’s vision is to see effective social, cultural and health systems and structures that deliver accessible, high quality, cost-effective, and evidence-based services.

Mission

ARB’s mission is to make social, cultural and health systems and structures more effective.  We fulfill this mission by supporting civil society organizations, the private sector, and government to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate cultural, social and health development programs and projects. We undertake research that generates ideas that inform scientific understanding, policy, practice, and debates in cultural, social, health and environmental development. We document our research findings and recommendations and disseminate these to relevant stakeholders to achieve maximum impact and to enable stakeholders to make informed decisions. We support RBM components of organizations through baseline surveys, mid- term and end line evaluations to inform adaptive management and scale up best practices.

Core values

  • Translating knowledge in practice
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Quality
  • Innovation

Areas of expertise

Programme design and implementation, conducting operational research, and programme monitoring and evaluation with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, education, child protection, HIV and AIDS, culture and health, Gender Based Violence (GBV)/Violence Against Children (VAC), public health-conflict nexus, social protection, migration health, governance and service delivery, water and sanitation, transitional justice, post conflict recovery and development, social service system strengthening, social service delivery and management, food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation.  We have a wealth of experience and competences in conducting qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies.

Attention to critical crosscutting issues:

(a)     Gender: ARB has fully integrated gender into its framework for providing services to the clients. For instance, the monitoring and evaluation tools are designed to capture differences and inequalities that exist in the situations of women, men, girls and boys.  In this way, interventions can be designed to adequately address the gaps to foster national and global development. ARB appreciates that without gender sensitive programming, SDGs will not be achieved.

(b)     ICT4D: ARB has fully embraced technology. Monitoring and Evaluation data are collected through the fastest means possible, with high data confidentiality and integrity. ARB data collectors are trained to use digital data collection systems to improve the timeliness of data collection and use. The same training is offered to clients based on their needs. The digital systems collects both qualitative and quantitative data, sometimes connected to dashboard to improve visual interpretation of data that consequently enhance real-time data use.  Geographical information system (GIS) is utilized to promote spatial data display which allows management to take quicker decisions to improve programmes/ interventions. 

Programme design and implementation:

ARB support organisations in programme design and implementation—For instance, ARB has partnered with Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) to support institutions in gender mainstreaming and adopting gender transformative programing into their programs. Notably we have supported testing the integration of a comprehensive GBV risk mitigation and prevention strategy within the “Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments” project funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) – implemented by the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) with support from the UNDP Uganda Country Office. The project accentuates that good integration and effective implementation of GBV prevention work in non-traditional sectors starts with building a strong and solid foundation where key stakeholders have the necessary skills for and self-awareness of their own change process. The project focuses on mainly three

project activities that are broadly categorized into two a) transformative trainings with all GCF project national partners and district officials and b) structural project transformation. The services are deliverd in two districts of Bushenyi and Paliisa

Similarly, we also support the UNDP Uganda Host and Refugee Community Empowerment project in GBV project design, capacity development and monitoring and evaluation to partners to sensitize and enhance the knowledge and skills of local government officials in GRB, gender/GBV mainstreaming and inclusive local planning. The services are delivered in 3 selected districts of, Adjumani, Obongi, and Lamwo in West Nile region in Uganda

ARB has also supported several organizations including World Bank, UN Women, UNESCO, government ministries including, The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, national, regional and international Non-government Organizations, including; Save the Children Uganda, Lutheran World Federation (LWF), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), World Education, Inc./Bantwana Initiative, Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), ChildHope UK & Uganda Reproductive Health Bureau (URHB), ANPPCAN- Uganda Chapter, Oxfam, Uganda Women’s Network, FAWE, Akina Mama wa Afrika among others. The firm has also implemented research projects in collaboration with Institute of Reproductive Health, Georgetown University and International Center for Research on Women, among others

Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Designs:

ARB promotes mainly the results - based monitoring and evaluation, to ensure that organizations shift from outputs monitoring to results tracking, which is the ultimate goal of any organization. Wide consultations are made with the clients’ stakeholders to identify desired outcomes, thereafter indicators to measure progress are formulated, tools to collect data are developed, data are collected and utilized to inform programming. ARB also conducts training of both M&E and non- M&E personnel of organizations to strengthen participation of everyone involved in the organization in tracking progress so as to make necessary adjustment in delivery of interventions/ programmes.

Knowledge management:

ARB supports organizations to generate, capture, store and share knowledge using its team of communication and M&E experts. The products developed for the clients are disseminated widely to demonstrate good practices for replicability by other organizations.  Clients are also guided on KM products and materials’ designs and best means of dissemination. These may include print and non- print technologies such as e-mails, Whatsapp, twitter, facebook etc.

Special interest groups:

ARB guides clients on inclusion of special interest groups, which is critical to ensure that no one is left behind in national and global development. In conducting research, surveys and assessments, ARB ensures that special interest groups are included. These include persons with disabilities (PWDs), Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), youths, children, minorities, refugees, Most - At - Risk Population (MARPs), people in protected camps etc. Related to this, other factors are also investigated such as ethnicity, income levels, gender, residence, age (children, youths, adolescents, elderly).  

Research Ethics:

ARB supports organizations to develop research protocols in line with international standards. In Uganda, ARB has worked with and has representation in different Research Ethics Committees (REC) /Ethical Review Committee (ERC). It collaborates with the National Council for Science and Technology to produce sound research products that are acceptable and limits effects on the study subjects. ARB also offers trainings to clients on research ethics including safeguard of human subjects.

Team Composition:

As highlighted in the background, ARB is a fully registered firm. The team is composed of experts in various disciplines. Most of whom have worked with multinational organizations (USAID, CDC, DFID, EU, World Bank, Afdb, UN to mention), academic institutions, civil society organizations, government and private sectors. The team have capacity to design and implement programmes, develop training materials, curriculum, develop frameworks including monitoring and evaluation, policy and legal frameworks, communication strategy, conduct training and research. ARB has trained a pool of research assistants that supports its field data collection as and when required.  

To contact Applied Research Bureau Ltd please click below.

Specialty:
Research & Education
Registration Date:
Oct 7, 2011
Location:
Bukoto-kisasi Road
Plot: Plot 1846
Floor/Suite: 1st Floor, Flat A
Kampala
Uganda
Last Updated:
52 days ago

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