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Use of Primary Data for Measuring and Operationalisation of the Capability Approach

This webinar is the third and the final one in our series on Operationalisation and Measurement of the Capability Approach using various types of data. In this webinar, we discuss the dynamics and the challenges involved in operationalising the primary data. While collection of primary data entails greater autonomy in collection of data, the sample size becomes a limitation and issues regarding representativeness of the data are more acute. Our speakers discuss the frameworks they employed and how they attained balance between the two concerns. With one study being based on households with children in Rome and the other focusing on women in Sri Lanka, the webinar offers interesting comparisons on the notions of subjective well being and deprivation.

Speakers:
Dr. Paolo Raciti, Researcher (Social Inclusion Structure),  National Institute for the Analysis of Public Policies (INAPP)
Matteo D’Emilione, Researcher (Social Inclusion Division), INAPP
Dr Melissa Langworthy (Senior Researcher, Ladysmith)

Moderator: Prof Heath Henderson, Associate Professor (Economics), Drake University

HDCA Webinar 2021 Quantitative Research Methods
96 minutes

Children´s Participation in the 21st Century in Different Regions and in Times of Pandemic

This webinar is dedicated to the analysis of the different ways of seeing the participation of boys and girls in different regions of the planet during the time of the pandemic. The first presentation conducts a review of the participation of children in South America from the perspective of the CA, considering that in the history of South America participation plays a major role trying to resolve injustice and inequalities. The second presentation suggest that the CA would benefit from integrating a concept of participation as presented in the work of Freire and that in turn the CA can be a framework for the elaboration of methodologies and approaches in line with such concept. The third presentation explores the ways in which the CA used in combination with critical pedagogy can enable children from high poverty neighborhoods in Scotland to engage in deep thinking and active involvement on shaping the policy decisions and social programs that concern them. The fourth presentation reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, where all schools and universities were closed and distance learning was adopted; preliminary results show that the drastic reduction in relational capabilities has severely impacted on children´s mental health and capabilities to participate.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Children and Youth Education Participatory Methods HDCA Videos
52 minutes

Limitations and Frontiers: Concepts, Measures, and Applications of the Capability Approach

Speaker: Sabina Alkire Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. 

Since HDCA was launched in 2004, applications of well-being and multidimensional poverty have gained ground, including applications drawing from the Capability Approach. It has been a period of intense reflection, experimentation, hope, competition, and learning. In parallel, the data environment and availability of qualitative, quantitative, and participatory data has bounded forward, as has policy interest in topics central to the capability approach. This has truly been a fertile period. This talk reviews a few advances, then focuses on and calls for creative investment in some high priority gaps.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
94 minutes

Knowledge Politics: Multidimensional wellbeing indicators as policy instruments

Presenter: Dr. Karen Scott, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Exeter University

The conceptualisation and measurement of wellbeing has become a significant policy concern over the last two decades. Many local, national, supranational and international governance bodies have engaged intensively in research to develop wellbeing indicators.  Slower, however, has been the transition to using these wellbeing indicators for policy development and implementation, with there being significant critique of how governance bodies have approached this agenda. In this webinar, Dr. Scott will cover the main critiques and challenges in using wellbeing indicators as policy instruments based on her interest in knowledge politics and epistemic justice. By drawing on her own research and experience of local and central government in the UK and New Zealand, she will argue for more democratic and context-based research, as well as systematic reviews of qualitative evidence on wellbeing, to inform policy.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
90 minutes

Taking a Relational Approach to Multidimensional Wellbeing

Sarah C. White & Shreya Jha, Co-founders of the Relational Wellbeing (RWB) Collaborative

Webinar Description: 

The Capability Approach has long taken a person-centred approach to wellbeing, emphasising what people can in practice do and be, and to some extent how they think and feel. Relational Wellbeing aligns with this, but stresses the relational character of human being, such that people’s relationships with others critically affect the opportunities they have and the choices they make. Linking personal, societal and ecological change, Relational Wellbeing looks beyond individual psychology or behaviour to the underlying conditions that promote healthy environments and happy lives. While many models of wellbeing rely on the notion of domains to represent its multidimensional character, Relational Wellbeing draws attention instead to the flows, connections and obstructions between different aspects of life, and between the diverse factors that help to generate or undermine wellbeing. 

In this seminar we introduce the relational approach to wellbeing and describe how we are applying it in development practice. We look forward to a lively discussion concerning its similarities to and differences from the Capability Approach, and its implications for multidimensional wellbeing measurement. 

HDCA Webinar HDCA Videos
92 minutes

Measuring Deprivation in Social Participation

Presentation: Dr. Nicolai Suppa, Research Associate, OPHI and Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow, the Centre for Demographic Studies (Barcelona)
Commentators: Prof. Suman Seth (University of Leeds) and Prof. Flavio Comim (HDCA founding member and Ramon Llull University)
This webinar engages with the aspects of measurement of deprivations in social participation, an important but so far neglected dimension of human well-being. Operationalization and empirical implementation of the capability approach are essential to advance in the quantitative understanding of the new challenges of the field. Using high-quality survey data for Germany, we discuss in-depth axioms on poverty and deprivations and social participation.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Quantitative Research Methods HDCA Videos
57 minutes

The Development and Application of Multidimensional Well-being Measures

This webinar features a panel discussion on developing multidimensional wellbeing measures in varied contexts and with diverse data sources. Panelists: Jaya Krishnakumar, Professor of Econometrics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Giulia Greco, Assistant Professor in Health Economics in the Department for Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Pavia.

HDCA Webinar 2021 HDCA Videos
125 minutes

Transition with Dignity: Agency of young adults with significant disabilities in their exit from school

June 9, 2021

Speaker: Sarah Hart, University of Hartford, CT

While many young adults look forward to leaving school with a sense of both excitement and apprehension, individuals with significant disabilities may approach this critical life stage far more passively. This webinar describes how the capability approach framed qualitative research studies conducted on the perspectives of young adults with significant disabilities living through these experiences in the United States and Aotearoa New Zealand. Opportunities are examined for dignified transition procedures that benefit individuals and lead towards a more equitable society.

HDCA Webinar 2021 Health and Disability HDCA Videos
65 minutes
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