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The Civil Society School (STOK)

02.11.2020
The Civil Society School (STOK), which aims to increase research, scientific data production, an advanced advocacy and monitoring, and reporting competence of these data and information of civil society field in Turkey, is the first long-term training program of STGM.

What is the purpose of STOK?

Influencing decision-makers at local and national levels to create change is one of the main goals of civil society organizations. In order to achieve this aim, it is necessary to know the field well, to produce real and correct information about the field, and to carry out an advocacy activity supported by this information.

The Civil Society School (STOK), which is one of the STGM's efforts to support the cooperation between academia and civil society, aims to develop this knowledge and skills among civil society organizations and to strengthen the relations between academia and civil society.

How is the STOK carried out?

At STGM, we have been conducting training activities for many years on many issues that will strengthen NGOs. However, we planned and carried out all of these trainings. Non-governmental organization representatives were able to benefit from different trainings whenever they had the opportunity.

The STOK program organized by the CSO Resource Center was designed as a long-term holistic program to encourage research, scientific knowledge production, a developed advocacy and monitoring and reporting capabilities on this data and information in the civil society field of Turkey.

The program, which lasts for seven months, deals with one topic each month, and the three- day face-to-face training sessions, supported by other helpful methods that continue during the month.

Which trainings are included in the STOK?

STOK has an academic program consisting of 7 main topics. Each title in the program is carried out with the lectures of the academicians and the experience of the representatives of the best examples from the field.

  1. Historical Development and Current Debates Civil Society in the world and Turkey
  2. Social Research and Activity Research Training for NGOs
  3. Evidence-Based (Supported) Advocacy Training
  4. Policy Monitoring and Participation Training
  5. Participatory Methods Training
  6. Social Impact Assessment Training
  7. Lobbying Training
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