The Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) has completed an end-line study for the ‘Engaging Stakeholders in Environmental Conversation, Phase II’(ESEC II) project. ESEC II aims to improve the contribution of Mongolia’s artisanal mining sector to local development. It aims to do this by promoting the right to a healthy environment and the right to decent work.  IRIM undertook a baseline study for this project in 2014 and the final end-line study between June and September 2016.

The baseline study aimed to gather information about the situation at the start of the project to facilitate identification of ESEC II outcomes. The general objective of the 2016 end-line study was to capture changes in stakeholder perceptions of artisanal and small-scale mining since the 2014 baseline study.

In addition to gathering quantitative data, IRIM used various qualitative methods such as focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews, observations and case studies to gather relevant information.

On the 13th of September 2016, IRIM presented on the end-line study findings at the ESEC II project closing workshop organized by The Asia Foundation and held at the Tuushin hotel, Ulaanbaatar.