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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.

Workshop on Research Methods
Samarth – SCARF Collaboration
Dates: 4 th -5 th January 2018

Samarth in collaboration with SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) is organizing a workshop on Research Methods which will be conducted free of cost from 4th to 5th January 2018 at SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) R-7A North Main Road, Anna Nagar West (Extn.), Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu, India.

Framing Research Questions

Quantitative Research Designs

Questionnaire Construction

Introduction to Qualitative Research

Ethics in Research

Protocol Writing

Post-graduate/Ph.D students with a medical or social science background, would benefit from participating in this workshop.
The workshop specifically targets Masters level/Ph.D students of any branch of Medicine, Psychology, Sociology, Social work and Anthropology. The number of participants to 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. Only students carrying a valid student ID will be considered. Lunch and beverages for the duration of the workshop will be provided. The last date for receiving applications is 22nd December 2017.
Note: Students are requested to kindly submit or post photocopy of their valid student ID along with the Registration form.


For further details please contact us at
Samarth, New No. 100, (Old No. 11), Warren Road
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004

Phone : +91 44 45010070
Mobile : + 91 99411 83173
E-Mail : admin@samarthngo.org

SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation)
R-7A North Main Road, Anna Nagar West (Extn.),
Chennai- 600 101
Tamil Nadu
INDIA.
Phone : + 91 044 26151073 / + 91 044 26153971


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Customize a workshop for yourself and your colleagues/institution with a mix of topics most relevant to you.

Write to us with the following information and we will get back to you:

  • Background (what you do, why you would like a workshop – what are your goals?)
  • List of topics (the more detail you can provide us, the better!)
  • Preferred number of workshop days
  • Number of people who will attend
  • Preferred venue, if you have one

Dates Topic Venue
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 SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) R-7A North Main, Anna Nagar West (Extn.), Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu, India.
14th May 2016 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.
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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