CRISP specializes in institutional development and organizational strengthening, human resource management and development, disaster management, community development, social protection, and monitoring and evaluation for government and social sector entities. CRISP’s core team have more than 15 years of experience in working in every province of Pakistan. This in-depth contextual knowledge enables the team to achieve outcomes in close coordination with local government, stakeholders, and communities making project impacts more sustainable. CRISP works with a cadre of international consultants and partner institutions to maximize knowledge sharing and the quality of technical inputs.
Fields of Expertise
HRD plays a vital role in the growth and effective running of an organization. Changing economic, social, and climatic conditions within countries can place a strain on organizations with a growing demand for critical services and information. CRISP builds the capacities of organizations to adapt to changing demands for services. CRISP works with clients to carry out detailed needs assessments, identifying and analysing gaps in services. CRISP provides tailored training programmes in operational planning and management, public administration, financial management, cost benefit analysis, risk management, procurement, inventory systems, HR review and planning, contract administration, office management, communications and presentation skills, the use of computer software, project design and management, monitoring and evaluation, database design and management, reporting, knowledge management, and proposal writing. CRISP has also previously linked its training programmes to the Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre in Thailand, the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, the National Institute of Disaster Management in Islamabad, Suparco, and LUMS.
CRISP has a small team specialising in institutional assessments. In 2014 and 2015, CRISP conducted institutional assessments for various government institutions in Pakistan. These assessments were conducted to assess provincial and district government capacity in the areas of disaster management, disaster risk reduction, water management, land administration, financial administration, and cooperation. Tools used to undertake these assessments comprised SWOT analysis, needs analysis, systems analysis, and checking of mandates against required and actual activities. These assessments included Irrigation Departments in all provinces and 55 districts, Agricultural Departments, PIDA, SIDA, Health Engineering, Land Revenue Offices, PDMA KPK, FDMA, PDMA Balochistan, PDMA Punjab, PDMA Sindh, SDMA, and GBDMA.
Our team has the expertise to manage and analyse large volumes of data on Excel, Access, Oracle, SPSS and STATA. Our team has worked for more than 15 years with rural communities and government in Pakistan and are able to draw upon community, village, union council, district, and provincial level contacts for information. Our team has designed questionnaires for qualitative and quantitative data, and trained numerous field teams for rapid data collection. The team also has experience of using GPS, GIS, and tablets to cut down on the cost of data entry. As well as conducting quantitative analysis, the team is experienced in the use of qualitative analysis software such as NVivo. These activities have been conducted both as part of independent consultancies and in partnership with government institutions. Surveys conducted include baselines, situation analysis, longitudinal surveys, panel surveys, attitudinal/ perception based surveys, and value surveys. Experimental methodologies for evaluation studies may also be conducted from behavioural economics overseen by professionals in this area from Cambridge University. These services may be provided directly or as a part of training programmes. Ethical guidelines in data collection are strictly followed with permission sought for the collection, holding, and use of data from appropriate sources.
CRISP has a pool of trained data analysts, evaluators, desk researchers with close ties to local government situated in KPK, Punjab, Balochistan, AJK, Gilgit Baltistan, and Sindh. These experts are based within Pakistan and internationally and have good contacts for information exchange with government, research institutions, and communities facilitating the rapid collection of accurate and reliable data/ information. CRISP has a library of data on profiling, service infrastructure, assets, productivity for agriculture and livestock, and DRM data. In addition, literature and data is also available from numerous surveys undertaken for national and international organizations for which free access has been agreed. This library can be used to quickly pull up information for desk reviews or to add to primary research in areas related to rural development across in Pakistan.
Leading professionals within the core CRISP team have fifteen years of experience working in damage assessment/ disaster management in every province of Pakistan. This experience was accrued during the response to the 1997-2002 drought in Balochistan, the 2005 AJK and KPK earthquake, the KPK IDP crisis, the 2010 floods affecting all Pakistan, the 2011, 2012, and 2014 floods in KPK, Sindh, Balochistan, and Punjab, and the 2013 earthquake in Balochistan. This work has included damage assessments, rapid needs assessments, early recovery assessment, recovery strategy, strategies for the inclusion of women in disaster management infrastructure, relief distribution, community based disaster risk management, early warning system set up, and rehabilitation planning, relocating affected peoples, and the building of disaster resilient infrastructure in buffer zones. Damage assessments undertaken related to housing, roads (main and access), bridges, irrigation channels, schools, health centres, and to other government facilities. CRISP provides both direct services in disaster management and disaster risk reduction and tailored trainings for the same.
Evidence Based Reporting
CRISP understands that the accurate and reliable collection of data, its analysis, and dissemination will enable donors/UN/government and other institutions to define and prioritise programme strategies. CRISP takes an evidence-based approach to its studies relying on both primary and secondary data sources. This data is collected through focus group discussions, surveys, key informant interviews, SWOT analysis, random control trials, online resources, government sources, and archives. CRISP’s lead professionals have 12-17 years of experience of working in questionnaire and survey design, data collection (including gender disaggregated data), damage assessments, and (participatory) evaluations. This expertise was accrued and developed during our professionals’ leading roles as part of consultancy teams for UN missions and organizations, their early work in rural support programmes, and relief work from the 2005 earthquake onwards. The CRISP team contains professionals trained in conducting sensitive interviews with vulnerable populations and in obtaining information for statistical analysis.
The need to consult local populations on project design and evaluations is becoming increasingly recognised as an important means to maximise the impacts of ongoing and future projects. As such the CRISP team has developed close links with communities, local, district, provincial and national level government, and research institutions across Pakistan. CRISP believes that people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives and communities. This is especially important where the exercise of rights is weak, infrastructure is poor and community relations are fragile. The CRISP team has more than fifteen years of experience of working with rural communities throughout Pakistan. CRISP uses this extensive knowledge to provide services in participatory rural appraisals and employs other recognised participatory techniques for the documentation, understanding and resolution of problems and conflicts at the local level. CRISP professionals also conduct institutional development at the community level providing services in social mobilisation, participatory rural appraisal, community activist action planning, community management skills training, CBDRM, and the mapping as well as the sustainable use of pooled resources, microfinance, technical and vocational skills training.
Natural Resource Management, Food Security
CRISP has an experienced team of professionals specialising in a range of sectors including rural development, pooled resources, and food security. Gender sensitive studies have been conducted on agriculture and other asset ownership, power dynamics in the household, access to resources, and the management of pooled resources. These studies were utilised for land redistribution projects in Punjab and Sindh, to assess the feasibility of integrated water management in Pakistan, to assess flood impacts on food security in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, to assess institutional support provided to rural communities, to improve the position of microenterprises in the value chain, to analyse the effectiveness of biogas plants, and for the better distribution of microcredit to farmers and community asset grants. Further advocacy research has been undertaken in the Punjab connected to honour crime and available response and reporting mechanisms.
CRISP has led a number of initiatives to support small and medium sized businesses for setting up networking events, business forums, and seminars. CRISP seeks develop businesses, support in market research, and strengthen their linkages with suppliers and markets for pricing information. The CRISP business development team works on business planning, assessments, improving financial transparency, branding, business management and strategy, communications, (social) networking, and event management.
Media and Communications Services
CRISP media and communication services include knowledge management, event management and planning, web design, graphical design for standalone publications and series, illustrations, audio services, audio-visual productions, and professional printing. Our team specialise in making publicity materials for public health and education campaigns using wordless messages/ illustrations. Software used includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Publisher.