Using SenseMaker in child-centred research

This paper is one of two documents submitted by Becca Smith related to the use of the SenseMaker approach to evaluate attitudes towards girls’ education in Ethiopia.

This brief gives a methodological overview of child-centred research and the use of SenseMaker.

The information provided was supplied by Becca Smith, ;independent consultant.

Authors and their affiliation

Dr Rita Fierro, Fierro Consulting

Key features

This brief provides an overview of the principles of child-centred research and describes how these principles were applied in a project using the SenseMaker research method in Ethiopia. The document is a methodological companion to another brief entitled, "Using SenseMaker to Understand Barriers to Girls' Education in Ethiopia".

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

The document is helpful to evaluators and researchers seeking to adopt a child-centred approach to data collection and engagement with child respondents. It refers to a research study conducted in Afar, Ethiopia to illustrate the practical application of child-centred principles and methods.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

It is a valuable resource for anyone who conducts or who is planning to conduct research involving minors, to strengthen ethical practice in data collection and provide practical recommendations about how to operationalise child-centred principles.


Fierro, R. S. (2014). Using SenseMaker® in Child-Centered Research. Fierro Consulting.

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