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There are currently few spaces for democratic party groups and networks to collaborate in a cross-ideological, transnational manner to build democratic solidarity. As authoritarians around the world gain more ground, unity between democratic actors is more important than ever. To fill this gap, democratic political parties need to find new opportunities for collaboration across ideological and geographic lines.
The objective of this consultancy is to collect political party representatives’ needs, interests, and desires regarding participation in international, non-partisan democratic spaces and networks. The consultant will work with NDI to create a survey and conduct follow-on focus groups and interviews.
II. CONSULTANCY PURPOSE AND DELIVERABLES
The purpose of the consultancy is to create a survey and conduct interviews for an NDI initiative seeking to create a collaborative space for political parties across regional and ideological lines. Under the initiative, the Institute will contact potential respondents from member parties of the party internationals and distribute the survey. The consultant would be responsible for creating the survey, analyzing the results, conducting follow-up interviews, and producing a summarizing report. NDI staff members would participate in the interview process as well.
Tasks & Deliverables
The consultancy will have the following deliverables:
The consultant will create a survey intended to determine the needs and desires of political party representatives from different ideological umbrellas. NDI will provide the respondents and help the consultant distribute the survey and collect responses. The consultant will analyze the resulting data for the report and select candidates for follow-up interviews in consultation with the Institute. The survey will include questions capturing the following themes:
- To what extent do you collaborate with parties outside of your region and ideology?
- What types of collaboration with other parties would be helpful for your party?
- What cross-cutting issues is your party facing today? What sort of knowledge and experience could help you address those problems?
- What issues are all parties facing today that must be addressed collaboratively across borders and ideologies?
- What collaborative activities are practical for your party? For meetings, what locations, online channels, and tools would work best? And how often would you prefer to meet with other parties?
- If you were to share knowledge with parties from other regions, what topics would interest you most?
NDI will distribute the survey to five political parties per party international and international youth wing organization. The survey will not exceed a maximum of 30 minutes to complete.
Interviews (3-5 interviews or focus groups)
The consultant will conduct a series of follow-on interviews with a selection of survey respondents to gather further insight into their responses. The consultant, in consultation with the Institute, will select a diverse sample of survey respondents and schedule interviews and focus groups to further explore the themes outlined in the survey. The consultant will decide the structure and direction of the focus groups in consultation with NDI. The consultant will prioritize diverse focus groups, in both ideology and geographic representation. The Institute’s staff and the consultant will conduct the focus groups together.
To present the conclusions of the survey process to NDI, the consultant will create a succinct 5-10 page report on the collected data. The consultant will combine the findings of the survey and follow-up interviews into a single report, focusing on common trends in the answers of participants. NDI will provide the consultant with guidance regarding the topics and results of greatest interest to the Institute.
For each deliverable the consultant will work with NDI staff and present an outline for the Institute’s approval prior to the distribution of the survey and conducting the focus groups.
III. CONTACT INFORMATION
The consultant’s primary point of contact at NDI will be:
National Democratic Institute
Program Associate, Political Party Development
455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Floor 8
Washington, DC, 20001