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Research Methodology Training

This best practice model of MER offers opportunity for the participants to learn about research methodology. This is a series of training and various topics are undertaken at different intervals. The training contents are extended or modified as per need of the participant and similarly the number of training days also varies with the contents.


The objectives of this model are to:

  • Enable participants to develop concepts of research.
  • Develop capacity of the participants to write research protocol/proposals.
  • Enable participants to conduct researches.


The methodology includes lectures / presentations, brainstorming sessions, group work, field work and its presentation etc.

Training Contents:

Definition of research

  • Development of research protocol
  • Need assessment/ baseline surveys
  • Sampling
  • Study Designs
  • Data management/ use of database
  • Operation Research
  • Writing Research report

Training Duration:

02 days (minimum)


  • 35 staff members were trained in 04 phases of training on Research Protocols and Research Methodology.
  • More than 100 trainings of more than 500 Surveyors have been conducted on  research tools.

Tharparker Drought Need Assessment
Tharparkar has faced the drought due to low level monsoon rains, lack of measurers the food security, lack of fodder and disease among the livestock resulted in loss of large number of animals. The situation analysis revealed the poor health and nutrition status of the women and children.

The Rapid Assessment was conducted by HANDS teams. The teams were trained on the study methods, process, techniques and questionnaires. Out of the most affected villages, 88 villages were randomly selected in 4 Tehsil/Taluka, 704 male and 698 female respondents were the key informants and 44 union councils covered in district Tharparker. The HANDS teams also developed the damages status inventory through observation. Assessment teams used both qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection.

Key findings of the Assessments:


Fodder Stock Availability:
The study data indicated that the Fodder stock position and availability has marginally improved and 48% population said that Fodder was not available. Similarly, 20.5% population said that Fodder was available for only two weeks and, 29.5% said that it was available for 2-4 weeks. A very small number of population; which decreased from 3% in 2014 to 2.3% in 2016; said that Fodder was available for more than one month.

House Holds Food Stock
The Food Stock position has improved over the period and data from January 2016 study shows that the number of population with NO food stock has decreased from 76% in March 2014 to 64.8% in January 2016.