“Regional Focus Groups: Morocco.” International Republican Institute (IRI). 2015-Ongoing.
AWRAD was recently contracted to conduct 24 focus groups in Morocco focusing on citizen perceptions and priorities related to political, economic and everyday issues. AWRAD will be responsible for developing all survey guidelines and training facilitators and transcribers for the focus groups. The groups themselves will be conducted in a mixture of urban and rural locales across three districts and target a variety of different ages. At the close of the project, AWRAD will submit transcriptions of each focus group, along with a complete dataset of all results. Most importantly, AWRAD will submit a final report documenting the most significant findings for IRI’s evaluation and incorporation into future work.
Party Empowerment Initiative Morocco: Results of a Survey and Focus Groups.International Republican Institute (IRI). 2007-2010.
AWRAD was contracted to assist in the provision of data and analysis for the benefit of Moroccan political parties. Prior to this assignment, a needs assessment had concluded that these parties were underprepared in outreach and planning strategies that would be better informed by the collection of qualitative and quantitative data. The project adopted a three-phase approach. The first phase was immediate exploration of the needs of the parties, accomplished through meetings with leading figures. The second phase included meetings, workshops, focus groups and report writing. The third phase was defined by the distribution of surveys among party members to determine their needs, priorities and evaluations of party-related issues.  
“Arab Polling and the Future of Polling in Morocco.” International Republican Institute (IRI). 2008.
Dr. Said was invited, by IRI and in coordination with prominent Moroccan political parties, to give a lecture entitled Polling in the Arab World and the Prospects of Polling in Morocco in Morocco on (23 September 2008). Over 150 prominent political and civil society leaders participated in the lecture. Youth and women’s organizations participated with great interest. The lecture was followed by a traditional Moroccan Iftar and a Q&A period. The discussions illustrated the deep desire to promote sound and responsible polling in the country.
“Training on Human Rights.” Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR). 2008.
Dr. Said served as the main trainer in workshop organized by the AOHR for Arab human rights activists from the Arab region with a focus on Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. The workshop took place in Beirut, 2008.
“Arab Women Report (Women and Decision Making)” Center for Arab Women for Research and Training (CAWTAR). 2003-2007.

AWRAD has cooperated with CAWTAR on a number of occasions most notably, in the preparation of the Arab Women Report (Women and Decision Making). Three AWRAD researchers led the endeavor. They coordinated the regional work in six countries including Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Various research and training work with CAWTAR has entailed eight visits to Tunisia since 2003.

Training of Young Social Researchers: AWRAD, with IRI, organized a three-day training workshop to train young social researchers in the field of focus groups. The training program consisted of in-class room activities and field training. The team of researchers were tasked with carrying out two real focus groups anddrawing lessons from the experience. Dr. Nader Said – Foqahaa, was there to train, evaluate and guide. Lessons learnt from the field experience were discussed with trainees. Eighteen young social researchers participatedhalf of them women.

Youth Political Empowerment program: AWRAD worked with young leaders to enhance their role in the major political parties in Morocco. The program included a large number of trainings and meetings with decision-makers in the parties.


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