Activity 1: Narratives and framings

The Pathways Approach places analytical emphasis on narratives and framings. Using the STEPS Pathways Methods portal, can you identify a method or methods that would assist in this?

For each method you identify, consider the following questions:

  1. What are the kinds of contexts in which this method might be applied?
  2. How would you go about collecting data?
  3. How would you analyse this data?
  4. Based on the different considerations set out in the STEPS methods portal, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen method in relation to the following methodological considerations:
    a) Appreciating different pathways;
    b) Analysing wider context in governance, politics and institutions;
    c) Attending to issues of power, uncertainty and plurality.
  5. How would you deal with the need to recognise and reflect on the influence of your own values, beliefs, narratives and framings that you bring to the analysis as a researcher or policy analyst? How helpful is the method in assisting you with this reflexive process?
  6. Are there any other methodological considerations you can identify in relation to your chosen method?

NOTE: This task can be repeated in relation to other methods on the STEPS Methods Portal, or other methods selected by you or your instructor.


In the next activity, we'll look at the questions you might ask about methods and methodologies when developing a research proposal.

Go to the next section > Activity 2: Developing a research proposal


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