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Endline Voter Education Mini Survey

Consolidated Modules

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Executive Summary
The Civic Education Resource Centre project undertook the mini-survey with a view to ascertain how effective it played its role during the 2016 general elections. The study therefore served the following

 To study the views of partner CSOs on the services offered by the Resource Centre during the voter education exercise.
 To study the views of Voter education facilitators and the general public on Voter Education IEC materials produced and disseminated by the Resource Centre.
 To gather key information on Civic Education that will help in designing materials for the next phase of Civic Education.

The survey covered 6 of the 13 partner CSOs which implemented the voter education project in partnership with the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF). The sampled organisations covered include:

  1. Community and Child welfare Development Initiatives (CODI),
  2. Pallisa Civil Society Organizations’ Network (PACONET),
  3. Western Ankole Civil Society Organisations Forum (WACSOF),
  4. Platform for Citizen Participation and Accountability (PLACA),
  5. Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA), and
  6. Masindi District NGO Forum (Masindi NGO).

These CSOs were selected according to regions of operation so as to have a nationalistic sample. In order to gather both quantitative and qualitative information required to make conclusions on the role played by the Resource Centre in Voter Education in the 2016 general elections, 3 questionnaires were developed, namely: Key informant interview guide which gathered the qualitative information necessary for providing in-depth information and opinions on the subject of study; Focused Group Discussion guide (FGD), provided supplementary information and also helped in verifying information gathered from other methodologies like questionnaire and key informant interviews as well as literature review; Unstructured questionnaires were also used and served a quantitative purpose in the survey.

Desk review of some of the relevant literature related to the role of the Civic Education Resource Centre in the voter education project and other related literature was also considered.

The survey covered 270 respondents among them were 170 males (63%) and 100 females (37%).
Another important characteristic of the study is that 64 percent of the population interviewed was below the age of 35 years. 58 percent of the respondents were also married and only 29 percent were single.
Among the key findings, were the opinions of the community educators on the VE module, posters, flyers, stickers and the facilitators’ manuals. 65 percent of the respondents rated all the VE IEC materials as very informative and served the purpose for which they were intended. The following reasons were given for the appreciation of the materials: The module had simple English that could be easily understood by a lay person.

The message in the module was very comprehensive and touched on real issues affecting voters. It contributed to high voter turnout in the 2016 elections.

  • In Masindi district, in one of the VE sessions, a police instructor present appreciated the VE module
  • and said they would use it in general police instruction course.
  • Voter Education End Line Mini Survey Report 2016 (Page 6 of 52)
  • The pictures/ illustrations were very clear and therefore self explanatory.
  • Posters were very effective in communication because the messages were very precise.
  • They were easy to use during trainings.
  • The pictures were related to the messages being communicated.
  • Illustrations on flyers were very clear and self explanatory.
  • The messages were very relevant to the events of the time.
  • The messages were very relevant to the electoral events of the time.
  • The illustrations were communicative and relevant to the messages
  • Were very useful especially in urban areas and markets where people are many and busy.
  • The messages were precise and to the point.

Of importance also was the finding on whether the materials received were enough for the community educators to use in voter mobilization and education in their areas of operation. 58 percent said the materials were enough while 41 percent said the materials were not enough. The respondents who responded that the materials were not enough were asked a follow-up question inquiring what was done to reach the message to the general public in areas not yet covered. 75.2 percent of the respondents said they improvised by using sparingly the available materials to support their VE activities. 0.9 percent downloaded from the Resource Centre website while another 0.9 stopped carrying out the VE activities completely.

Respondents were asked whether they do some lesson planning before going to carry out voter education. 93 percent of them indicated that they do some form of preparations before going out to the community to do voter mobilization and education. Only 7 percent said they do not need to do any form of preparations.
In preparation for the next phase of civic education, the survey also sought opinion on the information in the CE module that they feel should be given priority for the benefit of their communities. 93 Percent of the respondents gave their opinion while 7 percent didn’t respond. Human rights, constitutionalism, land and good governance were the most mentioned t opics that the respondents feel should be given prominence. Though not part of the CE module, voter education was also mentioned as one that should be prioritized.

In a bid to identify capacity gaps among the primary users of IEC materials, the respondents were asked if they required some training in the use of IEC materials and curriculum. 82.5 percent responded in affirmative while 17.2 responded no to the question. Among those who responded in affirmative, 33.8 said they required training on how to organise and facilitate community sensitization meetings. 32.9 percent said they required training on how to effectively utilize the materials. The baseline questions that sought to identify pertinent issues in the country that need to be addressed

in the next Civic Education program also brought interesting information on the civic needs of men and women. Generally speaking, the information from this mini-survey is quite vital as a self assessment mirror of the just concluded voter education activities.

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