Wednesday, 26 May 2010

S-PARK/CBR Research in Mandya (Karnataka, India)

S-PARK/CBR Research Initiative (Samagama Participatory Action Research & Knowledge in CBR) is being conducted in Mandya district (Karnataka, India). This initiative is coordinated by AIFO/Italy nad part of joint plan of work between Disability & Rehabilitation team of World Health Organisation (WHO/DAR) and AIFO/Italy.

S-PARK/CBR is looking at impact of 10 years of CBR activities in a district (Mandya) with a population of 1.8 million persons. The CBR programmes in Mandya reach to 22,000 persons with different disabilities.

It is composed of three main research components, that are inter-linked, and in part, parallel. These 3 field research components are:

(1) Quantitative research component (2009-10) is based on structured interviews through a questionnaire of a stratified sample of about 2,300 persons from areas covered by CBR projects and another 600 persons (control group) from a neighbouring area not covered by the CBR projects. In addition, this research component also includes structured questionnaires for key informants including care givers, village council representatives (Gram Panchayats), nursery school teachers (Anganwadi workers), village rehabilitation workers, and representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs). Identification of persons with disabilities for this research component is on the basis of difficulties in functioning and daily living activities.

(2) Emancipatory research component, (2010-11) looking at impact of CBR from the point of view of persons with disabilities: The CBR programme area has about 230 self-help groups of persons with disabilities and more than 100 community level DPOs (organisations of disabled persons) that are organised in a district DPO federation. This component of research involves all these self help groups and DPOs and is being conducted principally by persons with disabilities from Mandya district.

(3) Specific qualitative studies through participatory methodology: The third component of the research, will aim at in-depth understanding of key issues resulting from the first two research components. (2011-12)

Reports of the Scientific Advisory Groups for Quantitative and Emancipatory components of this research, questionnaires used for community survey, progress reports and other documents are available on the AIFO webpage by clicking here.

As we start with the Emancipatory research component, this blog will also be used over the next 12 months to share ideas, achievements and challenges related to implementation of emancipatory research.

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