Consistent with the principles of the REFUGE-ED dialogic co-creation process (RDCP), as outlined in D2.2 Guidelines for Pilot Actions’ Implementation, the Supportive Process for the Inclusion of Children’s Experience (SPICE) approach is also based on the premise that end-users (i.e., children) and their key integration agents (i.e., teachers, parents, community groups) should be actively involved in any research designed to evaluate practices/interventions that seek to improve, in this case, educational and MHPSS outcomes, from initial research design, to its implementation, interpretation of results, and discussion of findings. This document therefore outlines steps of the SPICE approach, as the overarching research methodology used by REFUGE-ED, with a view to guiding and supporting REFUGE-ED consortium partners in carrying out the research component of the REFUGE-ED project. Specifically, it serves to guide those consortium partners supporting pilot actions in their data collection and data analysis process, such that, as a consortium, we can offer a stronger evidence-base for our collective work. It further serves to indicate when in the dialogical co-creation process data collection will need to take place, links to relevant documents and tools that can be used as part of data collection, as well as where data will need to be stored and uploaded, such that we, collectively form a central repository to store information.

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