The purpose of this guide is to help organizations involved in community programs to develop and use the Stories Without An Ending (SWE) approach. This adult education tool can be used to actively engage community groups in discussion of issues of priority concern to them and/or to development programs and to catalyze discussion of those ideas in the wider community. The generic SWE methodology can be used to address a variety of issues dealing with maternal and child health and nutrition, as well as other questions related to early childhood development, adolescent health and well-being, and child protection.
SWE are open-ended, without prescribed or set solutions to the problematic situations they present. An important aspect of the SWE is that they elicit debate on both existing and new ideas within a small group, which in turn can catalyze discussion in the wider community and can ultimately result in community-wide consensus for change.
This guide was funded by a TOPS small grant. This is the second tool The Grandmother Project has developed with TOPS. In 2015, The Grandmother Project developed Focus on Families and Culture: A Guide for Participatory Assessment on Maternal and Child Nutrition. You can learn more about and read the guide here. To learn more about The Grandmother Project, click here. To learn more about the impact of the SWE approach, read this study.
On February 23, 2017, we hosted Judi Aubel for a presentation on the tool. Watch the recording and see the presentation here.