We believe research is strongest when conducted by those most connected to the work.​

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ABOUT US


The Tea Leaf Center Co., Ltd. is a social enterprise research and training consulting firm based in Thailand and working throughout Southeast Asia. We seek to shift the balance of power in international development and research toward local organizations, communities and individuals directly impacted by the issues they are working on.

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What is ‘Local’?

At the Tea Leaf Center, we define ‘local organizations’ as organizations, however formal or informal, that are rooted in the context in which they work, and/or are directly impacted by the issue they are working on. This might be:

geographic – for example, a community-based organization comprised of members of one village or an urban settlement;

issue-based – for example, land rights defenders from diverse parts of a country who work together on advocacy and research; or

identity-based – for example, an organization led by and for people with disabilities, working within the country or other geographic area where its members are based.

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OUR MODEL


We don’t seek equal partnerships. Local organizations are on the frontline, therefore they have a greater right to drive research and interpret data than we do. They take the lead, and we help from behind as needed.

We have clients, not beneficiaries. We provide professional services and are accountable to our clients, who set the terms and boundaries of the partnership.

All clients are treated equally, and all clients are charged equitably. We have a sliding scale based on an organization’s ability to pay for our services, and occasionally offer support free of charge when a client cannot pay.

We are a social enterprise. We operate primarily on the income from our research and training services, not on grant funding. However, we may occasionally obtain grants for specific activities, especially the work to support early-career researchers.

INCOME & PRO-BONO WORK (2021)

87%

Research support & MEL projects

10%

Training

0%

Donor

In 2021, the Tea Leaf Center’s has been able to pro-bono contributions (research support as well as low cost or free trainings) were estimated at more than $27,000 USD. That is more than a quarter of our training and research provided for free to build the capacity of local organizations and peoples.

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SERVICES


EXAMPLES OF OUR SERVICES

Tailored Writing courses

WRITING COURSE

  • Writing for research & advocacy
  • Writing for research proposals
  • Academic writing

RESEARCH TRAININGS

  • Ethics
  • Risk mitigation
  • Research question design
  • Research methods training
  • Literature review/secondary research
  • Analysis
  • Basic qualitative analysis
  • Basic quantitative analysis
  • Conference support
Mentorships

RESEARCH TRAINING

  • Preliminary planning
  • Research design
  • Research tools & fieldworker training
  • Data review & analysis
  • Validation, advocacy, & follow-up planning
  • Peer-review (optional)

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

  • training in the MEAL process
Research We Lead

SUBSTANTIVE RESEARCH

  • Based on ECR Fellows

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

  • Baseline assessments
  • Impact assessments
  • Research assessments
  • Research proposal
  • Risk assessment

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT OUR WORK



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