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Research Project Completed 2017

Pre-testing of IEC Materials on Nutrition Intervention (MIYCN) for Behavioral Change Strategy in UP and Bihar”

 Agency: Alive & Thrive

Project  Team: Dr. R. Sarala (Principal Investigator), Dr. Usha Manjunath, Dr. Pradeep Panda, Dr. Veena Nair, Mr. Satish Singh ,Dr. Deepashree

A well designed IEC material is essential for any health promotion activities and for effective intervention to bring about appropriate behavior change among the target population. IIHMR Bangalore is a technical partner to Alive and Thrive to pre-test the communication package on Maternal and Child Nutrition. The study will be carried out in Nalanda District in Bihar and Gardoi District in UP. The study will pre-test both print materials such as Family Calendar, Job Aid (Reminder Card), Flipcharts and Flyers and Videos. The audience for pre-testing the IEC materials includes Pregnant Women, Husbands, Mother-in-Laws, Father-in-laws, RMPs, Community Leaders, Private Doctors/Chemist, Religious Leaders, ANMs, ASHAs, AWWs, SHG members, Village Elders and GP heads.  Qualitative methods viz., FGDs and IDIs would be adopted to pre-test the IEC materials. The study aims to provide inputs related to understanding of message by the audience, appropriateness and effectiveness of the materials, likes, dislikes and cultural insights to make materials more relevant and acceptable to the intended audiences.

Participatory Action Research on Interventions to Support Deaf Young People, Karnataka

Agency: Deaf Child Worldwide (DCW), International Development Agency of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), London, UK in collaboration with IIHMR, Kolkata

Project Team: Dr. Usha Manjunath, Mr. Syed Ali and Mr. Mahadev Prasad

Keeping in view with DCW’s mission ‘to remove the barriers to the achievement of deaf children throughout the world’ and strategies ‘empowering families to achieve the best outcomes, innovating new approaches to the development of effective communication and challenging social attitudes’, the present project in collaboration with Samuha, an NGO in Koppal in Karnataka is a Participatory Action Research on interventions to support Deaf Young People (DYP).

The research aims to produce a robust body of evidence to demonstrate the changes in the lives of DYPs through DCW’s interventions and arrive at a model based on good practices in the field including strategies, project experience and tools. Participatory Action Research methodology would also help identify challenges and gaps in the current programmes and provide recommendations for effective planning, implementation and replication of interventions on improving the quality of lives of DYPs. In a span of 18 months, the project will carry out ‘Reflective Sessions on Individual and Organizational Purpose’, train the DYPs on Action Research in partnership with Samuha, develop and implement the Action Research Model in Koppal for DYPs. The research would provide evidence on programme effectiveness that DCW and its partner organizations (Samuha, in Karnataka) could use in policy development and intervention strategies in the future. The learning could be used to advocate for change at local, regional, national, and international levels.