Research

Introduction

Since 1993, the Research Unit of the College has been conducting a number of social work research studies. The Research Unit conducts independent research as well as studies for Local, State and National Government and National-International Agencies. The Research Unit focuses on systematic, fact-based and action-oriented research that creates user-friendly social work related knowledge for social work education and practice, social policy and advocacy. It aims to find effective field practice methodologies and person centered interventions to better the quality of life of the people.


OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH UNIT

  • To conduct research studies and programme evaluation for voluntary and governmental organizations concerned or working on social development and related issues, such as primary education, health, income generation, poverty alleviation, mother and child care, health, environmental concerns and so on.
  • To disseminate the significant findings of the research studies through reports, seminars and workshops and influence the policy decisions of government and non-governmental agencies.
  • To develop a strong research base to build indigenous theories of social work.
  • To produce quality research related to actual practice in order to move the social work field toward developing practice guidelines based on evidence.
  • To stimulate practitioners and students to access research and to be educated consumers of scientific literature.
  • To organize and conduct research methodology course for social work educators and practitioners with a knowledge base in research content and methodology
  • To establish research infrastructure for students and provide mentoring opportunities for their research studies and projects
  • To assist faculty in conducting research and develop their competencies in research methodologies.

THE RESEARCH UNIT TEAM

The Research Unit is intended to reflect a focus of expertise and necessarily, though not only, has research as its main focus. It consists of academic and research staff drawn from one or more disciplines. The Research Unit has a nominated Director preferably with a PH.D. In addition to the Director, the core team of the Research Unit comprises of the three permanent non teaching staff - a Research Associate, a Senior Research Assistant and an Accountant. Qualified and experience personnel preferably with a Master’s degree in social work and research training are employed as Research Assistants on a project basis as and when required. The Research Unit also hires external research staff as resource personnel/ consultants with expertise on specific issues for a defined task depending on the requirements of the study. Although, the Research Unit has a clearly defined structure, the hierarchy is not rigid and team work is emphasised. All staff members (those belonging core team as well as those appointed on a project basis) work together as a cohesive and seamless team.


The Research Unit has provided staff members with the means of achieving visibility and raising the profile of their work. With the experienced acquired in the research unit, some of the former staff of the unit are continuing with their doctoral programme in the UK and US, others are engaged in research and documentation in organisations in India and abroad while still others have moved into profession of music, journalism, law and joined faculty position. The Research Unit has created a cadre of young social workers committed to pursuing quality research and indigenous documentation.


ROLE OF THE RESEARCH UNIT

The Research Unit has particularly facilitated and promoted interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary activity through its various activities. Over the years, the Research Unit has gained visibility to the public recognition as a node of excellence and provided groups and external users with a common and easily identifiable face. Public recognition as a node of excellence also assisted interactions and collaborations with external organizations, research institutions and government, as well as help to attract excellent staff and students. Since its inception the R U has evolved and created a process of the current research environment and changes signaled by recent government and NGO requests for research and training.


STUDIES CONDUCTED BY RESEARCH UNIT

Year Name of the Study
2008 Evaluation of the Cooperatives and Micro-finance Initiatives of YUVA
2008 A Process Evaluation of the project titled ‘Communication of Health Messages affecting Malnutrition through Traditional Folk Art Forms
2008 Potential for Change: Needs Assessment Study
2008 Rapid Appraisal of the Read India Campaign in Mumbai
2009 Impact of Bhonga Schools on Tribal Children
2009 Assessment of the Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town Assisted Agricultural Program in Thane District)

ACTIVITIES

  • Independent Research Projects: The Research Unit takes up independent research studies, based on the needs of the people. In order to develop effective intervention strategies as well as for social policy and advocacy. The Unit has in the past conducted action as well as academic research independently.

  • Research Projects for NGOs: A number of NGOs across the country, from time to time approach the Unit to conduct research studies for their programmes and activities. These studies include needs assessments, evaluation, surveys and social assessments. A number of National-International NGOs such as Aga Khan Foundation, Population Services International (PSI) and PLAN-International have assigned their research work to the Unit.

  • Research Projects for National-International Agencies: The Unit has, since inception, been closely working with a number of National-International agencies such as UNFPA, UNESCAP, and UNICEF, to name a few.

  • Research Projects for Governmental Agencies: A number of research studies for the Sate as well as National government, for the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Women and Child Development – Government of India (HRD-DWCD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment-Government of India, Municipal Corporation of Mumbai as well as State Government of Maharashtra have been taken up by the Unit successfully.

  • Training: The Research Unit also organizes a number of training programmes on a regular basis. The training component is interwoven in the work of the Unit in the form of the Advance Research.


AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Over the years, the Unit has carved out for itself a niche in a number of specialised research areas, such as Child Protection, Women, Needs Assessments, Evaluations.
Research Projects undertaken by the Research Unit.

  • Qualitative Research: The Unit has, over the years, developed an expertise in Qualitative Research, and knowing the significance of this methodology for social work research, practice as well as education, the Unit has conducted many research studies using Qualitative methodology.

  • Quantitative Research: Quantitative methods are very important and significant in terms of assessment, evaluation and so on. The Research Unit also has an expertise in Quantitative methods and conducts many quantitative researches regularly.

  • Action Research: What works, what doesn’t and how the field experiences can enrich and enhance research as well as practice, based on the interventions and experimentations, takes us to an altogether different kind of research method – Action Research. Action Research has tremendous scope and significance in social work research, and hence the Research Unit also involves itself in a number of action researches, in order to bring theory closer to field, and vice versa.

  • Participatory Research: The Research Unit has in the past also conducted research projects using the participatory method such as PLA methods.


RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN

Since 1993, the Research Unit of the College has been conducting research on Social Issues independently or on behalf of interested parties. The Unit has its own computer laboratory and research scientists. It aims to develop a strong research base to build theory for practice. It also conducts research projects for NGO's, local and government authority. It assist students, projects and Faculty members in their studies and serves as documentation and data source. It has published many books which are up for grabs at the research unit.

Year Name of the Study
1993 Socio- economic profile of tribals in the sanjay gandhi national park and aarey milk colony
1994 Study and Action Research on the Girl Child in Especially Difficult Circumstances (Sponsored by UNICEF)
1994 A study to evaluate the Effectiveness of Community Health Workers in health posts in Greater Mumbai under IPP-V
1995 A descriptive Analysis of the Physical and Pedagogical Techniques in BMC schools implementing the U.P.E.F.A Project (Sponsored by UNICEF)
1995 A study to evaluate the effects of the CASP-PLAN on children and families in the resettlement area in Malad East, Mumbai. (Funded by CASP-PLAN)
1997 Improving working conditions of dumping ground workers of the BMC for Vasundhara Project.
1997 A survey of Low-Income Goan household with school dropouts adolescent girls: Assessing need and interest in vocational training and income generating programme
1997 Qualitative impact assessment of the Bombay Red Light District Project (PSI)
1997 An evaluation of the School Social Work Programme run by the Pearl S. Buck Foundation (PSBF) and the Hochi Minh City Child Welfare Foundation (HCWF)
1998 An evaluation of the CASP-PLAN she-Buffalo Income Generation Programme in the Bhiwandi District, Maharashtra
1998 Social assessment study on the District Primary Education Program in Maharashtra Prathmik Parishad Government of Maharashtra (D.P.E.P-2)
1998 Aga Khan Housing Board Project,Pune A baseline study to assess the housing conditions of the allottees of PVHP in Pune prior to Relocation
1998 Report of a Workshop for Practitioners South Asia Mumbai India (BICE) A right to happiness: Positive Prevention and intervention strategies with children abused through sexual exploitation.
1999 The Social and Health needs of Sexually abused and Exploited Children (UNESCAP)
1999 A Study of the children of Prostitutes in the Red Light areas of Mumbai in view of their Rehabilitation (Ministry of social Justice and Empowerment)
1999, reprint-2005 Raids, Rescue, Rehabilitation
yet to be published Evaluation of Social Development projects of the college of Social Work - Nirmala Niketan
2002 Resilience- A Joyful Growth: Action research on Promoting Resilience in Children (Report and Manual of Exercises)
2002 Evaluation of the Sponsorship Programme of the Family Service Centre
2002 Needs Assessment of Beed District, Maharastra
2003 Study of Pre and Post Adoptive Concerns of Adoptive Parents in Mumbai
2005 A Manual for Social Workers/Caregivers of Child Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation
2005 Rescue and Rehabilitation of Child Victims Trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Report
2005 Falling Sex Ratio in Maharastra – Female Foeticide Report
2006 Enquiry into Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work in India
2007 Evaluation of the Community-based Sponsorship Programme
2007 Exploration of Women’s Daily Lives and Participation in the Informal Labour Market in Mumbai, India.
2007 Factors Associated with Adherence/Non-Adherence to HAART among HIV/AIDS Patients.
2007 Action Research on Prevention of Unintentional Injuries among Children (0-14years) in Mumbai, commissioned by Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust (India) and Safe Kids Foundation (India).
2007 Mapping Nowhere Children: Registering the Births of Vulnerable Children in Mumbai
2002 Resilience – A Joyful Growth: Action Research on Promoting Resilience in Children Report and Manual of Exercises
2002 Evaluation of the Sponsorship Programme of the Family Service Center
2002 Needs Assessment of Beed District, Maharashtra
2003 A Study of Pre and Post Adoptive Concerns of Adoptive Parents in Mumbai
2003 – 2005 Qualitative Documentation on Rescue and Rehabilitation Interventions on Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
2004 Evaluation Study of Day Care Centers
2004 A Situational Analysis of the Prostitution of Boys in the City of Mumbai, India
2005 A Manual for Social Workers/Caregivers of Child Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation
2005 Evaluation of Prevention of Trafficking In Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh
2005 A Study of the Alumni of the College of Social Work in its Golden Jubilee Year – 1955 – 2005.
2005 Anti-Trafficking Action Plan for years 2005 – 07
2005 Falling Sex Ratio in Maharashtra – Female Foeticide Report
2005-2006 SARI/Equity Programme (2005 – 2006)
Evaluation of Social Development Projects of the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan (in print)
2007 Factors Associated With Adherence/Non-Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Among HIV/AIDS Patients
2007 Mapping of the Criminal Justice System in Maharashtra
2007 Why Can’t I go to School, too?: A Booklet on Child Labour ()
2007 Why Can’t I go to School, too?: A Booklet on Child Labour ()
2008 Exploration of Women’s Daily Lives and Participation in the Informal Labor Market in Mumbai, India
2008 Action Research on Prevention of Unintentional Injuries among Children (0-14 years) in Mumbai
2008 Mapping Nowhere Children: Registering the Births of Children in Vulnerable Circumstances in Mumbai
2008 Evaluation of the Cooperatives and Micro-finance Initiatives of YUVA
2008 A Process Evaluation of the project titled ‘Communication of Health Messages affecting Malnutrition through Traditional Folk Art Forms
2008 Potential for Change: Needs Assessment Study
2008 Rapid Appraisal of the Read India Campaign in Mumbai
2008 Impact of Bhonga Schools on Tribal Children
2008 Assessment of the Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town Assisted Agricultural Program in Thane District
2008 My Dream House: Impact Evaluation of Habitat India’s Cost Effective Housing Solutions in Karjat, Maharashtra (Currently in Progress)
2009 Helping families care for their children: A feasibility study to determine the viability of initiating SOS’s Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) in Alibaug (Currently in Progress)
2009 Developing a curriculum for Universal Birth Registration (UBR) for student of social work or related humanity fields
Multi-sectoral Development of areas prone to communal tensions in Maharashtra(Currently in Progress)

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