Samarth is excited about growing and nurturing a larger research community. One of our core areas is in building capacity in social science research by offering training programmes and workshops on a variety of topics.
Social Science : an area of research and practice that has evolved rapidly since the late 1980s out of a concern with the adequacy of existing methods in dealing with challenges in the health care scenario. The gradual recognition of the fact that the social and behavioural sciences together with the physical, biological and health sciences are essential for unravelling the complexity of human health, has led to the acceptance of health social science as integral to understanding and solving health problems.
Epidemiology : the study of health-event patterns in a society. It is the cornerstone method of public health research, and helps inform evidence-based medicine for identifying risk factors for disease and determining optimal treatment approaches to clinical practice and for preventive medicine.
Qualitative Approaches : commonly used in social and behavioural research constituting an important tool in the social scientist’s armoury. This approach basically aims to enhance deeper understanding and knowledge on a certain issue or phenomenon of interest, in the process, enabling the researcher to gain a more holistic or contextualized understanding of the problem or issue at hand.
Questionnaire Development : the act of measurement is an essential component of scientific research. Researchers in the health social sciences are frequently faced with the need to measure something which has not been approached previously, or which does not have an existing gold standard against which to compare the new measure with. Understanding the issues and complexities involved in designing questionnaires will enable the development of robust measures that are both reliable and valid.
Monitoring and Evaluation : are the routine processes of measuring or tracking progress towards the achievement of stated goals, and the use of social science methods to systematically investigate the achievement of a program’s results. In order to run efficiently with maximum impact, programs in the development and health sector require structured monitoring and evaluation plans, the use of strong indicators and data sources, and the application of appropriate data collection and analysis methods.
Counselling : a scientific process which is largely gaining acceptance in our society as a means of professional help when faced with a problem. The problems and situations of individuals are varied and each problem has to be approached in a specific way - whether it is a vocational problem or personal trauma. Counsellors have different goals with different clients; for instance, assisting them to heal past emotional deprivations, manage current problems, handle transitions, make decisions, manage crises and develop specific life skills. A good counselor is one who is able to understand the problems and strengths of the client and help him/her in the process of dealing with the problem at hand.
Samarth in collaboration with SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) is organizing a workshop on Instrument Development from 13th-14th November 2018 at SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) R-7A North Main, Anna Nagar West (Extn.), Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu, India.
Researchers in medical, social and behavioural sciences, post-graduate/Ph.D students with a medical or social science background, NGOs working in the health and development sector and any other interested professional wanting to undertake health related research would benefit from participating in this workshop
The workshop is priced at Rs. 4,000/- per person. Payment can be made by Wire Transfer / Demand Draft in favor of “Samarth”, payable at Chennai. The number of participants for the workshop is restricted to 35. Each participant will be provided with course material which will include the power point presentation of the speakers, adequate reading material and practical exercises. Lunch and beverages for the duration of the workshop will also be provided. Last date for receiving application is 25th October, 2018. Please note that no refund of course fee will be possible after 2nd November 2018.
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Dr.Shuba Kumar, Social Scientist, Samarth, Chennai.
Dr.Rani Mohanraj, Psychologist, Samarth, Chennai.
Dr.Padmavati, Director, SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation), Chennai
Ms.Sylvia Jayakumar, Proprietor &Biostatistian, STATSHUB, Chennai.
13th November 2018, Tuesday
|09.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.||Welcome & Introduction||-|
|10.00 a.m – 10.45 a.m.||What are Questionnaires, Types of Questionnaires, Methods of Administration||Dr. Rani Mohanraj Psychologist, Samarth|
|10.45 a.m – 11.00 a.m.||Discussion|
|11.00 a.m – 11.15 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|11.15 a.m. – 12.00 noon.||Item generation, Source of items, Cognitive Interviews||Dr. Shuba Kumar Social Scientist, Samarth|
|12.00 noon – 12.15 p.m.||Discussion|
|12.15 pm – 01.00 p.m.||Conducting Cognitive Interviews|
|01.00 p.m. – 01.45 p.m.||Lunch|
|01.45 p.m – 02.30 p.m.||Developing a response scale||Dr. Padmavati Director, SCARF|
|02.30 p.m. – 02.45 p.m.||Discussion|
|02.45 p.m. – 03.45 p.m.||Exercise: Item generation and Response scale development||Group Activity|
|03.45 p.m – 04.00 p.m.||Coffee Break|
|04.00 p.m. – 05.00 p.m.||Group presentations|
14th November 2018, Wednesday
|10.00 a.m – 10.45 a.m.||Biases in Questionnaire Development||Shuba Kumar|
|10.45 a.m – 11.00 a.m.||Discussion|
|11.00 a.m – 11.15 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|11.15 a.m – 12.00 p.m.||Translation||Rani Mohanraj|
|12.00 noon – 12.15 p.m.||Discussion|
|12.15 p.m -01.00 p.m.||Validity of questionnaires||Shuba Kumar|
|01.00 p.m – 01.15 p.m.||Discussion|
|01.15 p.m – 02.00 p.m.||Lunch|
|02.00 p.m – 02.45 p.m.||Tests of Reliability||Rani Mohanraj|
|02.45 p.m- 03.00 p.m.||Discussion||Group Activity|
|03.00 p.m -03.30 p.m.||Demo on reliability analysis||Sylvia Jayakumar Proprietor & Biostatistician, STATSHUB|
|03.30 p.m – 04.00 p.m.||Summary and wrap up|
Bank Name : Canara Bank
Name of the Account : Samarth – Savings Account
IFSC Code : CNRB0001287
Account Number : 1287101017996
Branch : St.Mary's Road
Address of the Bank : Canara Bank, 13 and 14 Sundararajan Street, Saint Marys Road, Chennai
Please note that Samarth and its partnering organizations have no affiliation with any of the hotels mentioned. These have been suggested purely from a location point of view. We recommend that you do an extensive search for accommodation that will match your budget and comfort.
SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation)
R-7A North Main Road, Anna Nagar West (Extn.),
Chennai- 600 101
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We also conduct workshops upon request on the topics of Qualitative research analysis, Questionnaire design and Research methods.
Write to us with the following information and we will get back to you:
The cost of the workshop:
The cost for the Faculty will be @Rs.8000/ per person per day exclusive of travel, boarding and lodging costs.
|27th - 28th June 2018||Quantitative Research Methods Workshop||Aster CMI, Bangalore|
|8th – 10th May 2018||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis||SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) R-7A North Main, Anna Nagar West (Extn.), Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu, India.|
|4th - 5th Jan 2018||Workshop on Research Methods||SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) R-7A North Main Road, Anna Nagar West (Extn.), Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu, India.|
|15th – 17th May 2017||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis||SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) R-7A North Main, Anna Nagar West (Extn.), Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu, India.|
|14th May 2017||1 Day Workshop on Guide to Journal Publications||SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) R-7A North Main, Anna Nagar West (Extn.), Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu, India.|
|11th – 13th May 2016||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis|
|14th May 2016||1 day Workshop on Guide to Journal Publications|
|1st to 2nd February 2016||Workshop On Research Methods||Organized by Samarth at Sundaram Medical Foundation, Annanagar, Chennai.||2nd to 4th November 2015||Workshop on Instrument Development Samarth-SCARF Collaboration||SCARF’s Training and Resource Centre located at: First Floor, Greams Dugar Apartments, # 149, Greams Road, Chennai – 600006, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.|
|7th to 9th May 2015||Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis||Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), Dementia Training Centre, Chennai|
|21st to 23rd Apr 2015||Programme Strategy and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Development for HOPE Initiative, Lucknow||Samarth, Chennai|
|14th to 15th Apr 2015||Questionnaire Development for United Way and AmeriCares||AmeriCares, Mumbai|
|23rd to 25th Mar 2015||Operationalizing Indicators, Developing and Administering Surveys||HOPE Initiative, Lucknow|
|5th to 6th Mar 2015||Workshop on Research Methods for Masters level students of Psychology, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology (free workshop)||Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), Dementia Training Centre, Chennai|
|22nd to 24th Jan 2015||Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop for BMSF Partners||Hanu Reddy Residences, Chennai|
|6th to 8th Nov 2014||Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis||Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF)|
|12th to 16th May 2014||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|6th to7th Jan 2014||Training in Qualitative Research Methods for research team (as part of the NIMH-Diabetes-Depression study)||Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), Chennai.|
|26th to 30th Nov 2013||Workshop on Epidemiology and Social Science Research||Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF)|
|13th to 15th May 2013||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|1st Dec 2012||Qualitative Research Techniques||IASP ( International Association of Suicide Prevention ) Conference, Chennai|
|Jun 2011to Nov 2012||Multiple Workshops on Instrument Development, Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis||MGR Medical University, Chennai|
|19th to 23rd Nov 2012||Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|20th Sep 2012||Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods||SCARF- ICONS Conference, Chennai|
|29th to 31st Aug 2012||Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods||Manipal University|
|7th to 12th May 2012||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|10th to 11th Jan 2012||Premium Study Workshop||Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF)|
|19th to 23rd Dec 2011||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|15th to 17th Sep 2011||Qualitative Research Methods||APAC, Chennai|
|1st to 2nd Jun 2011||Qualitative Research Methods for I-TECH Fellows||GHTM, Tambaram, Chennai.|
|23rd to 25th May 2011||Qualitative Research Methods||Sangath, Goa|
|12th to 14th May 2011||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|11th to 12th Apr 2011||Qualitative Research Methods for I-TECH Fellows||GHTM, Tambaram, Chennai|
|19th March 2011||Qualitative Research||Faculty of Social Work, Madras Christian College|
|4th to 5th Feb 2011||Qualitative Research Methods||Sangath, Goa|
|15th to 20th Nov 2010||Qualitative Research Methods, Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|17th to 22nd May 2010||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|29th to 31st Mar 2010||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis||NARI, Pune|
|20th Mar 2010||Questionnaire Design for Students of Optometry||Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai|
|13th Mar 2010||Qualitative Research for Students of Optometry||Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai|
|18th to 22nd Jan 2010||Qualitative Research Workshop: SAATHI Data Analysis and Report Writing Workshop for Achieving MDG5 Governance of Health System in Ethiopia||INCLEN, Delhi|
|6th to 8th Aug 2009||Qualitative Research||CERTC-Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram|
|7th Aug 2009||Seminar on Qualitative Research for NACO M & E Officers||NACO, Chennai|
|27th to 31st Jul 2009||Social Science Research||Stem Cell Research Center, CMC, Vellore|
|22nd to 24th Jun 2009||Qualitative Research Methods||Sangath, Goa|
|18th to 23rd May 2009||Qualitative Research Methods, Analysis and Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|23rd Apr 2009||Qualitative Research for NACO Participants||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|17th Jan 2009||Research Methodology Workshop||India Clinical Epidemiology Network (IndiaCLEN), Chennai|
|24th to 29th Nov 2008||Training in Social Science Research||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|19th to 24th May 2008||Training in Social Science Research||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|10th to 12th Apr 2008||Workshop on Qualitative Research||IIT, Chennai|
|28th Jan 2008||Qualitative Research||JIPMER, Pondicherry|
|28th Nov – 1st Dec 2007||Social Science and Qualitative Research||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
|26th to 28th Jul 2007||Training in Instrument Development||Biostatistics Resource and Training Centre - CMC, Vellore|
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