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 commissioned research 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 cantered 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 a Senior Faculty member, 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 Coordinator, a Senior Research Assistant and an Accountant. Qualified and experience personnel preferably with a Master’s degree in social work or social sciences 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.


STRUCTURE OF THE RESEARCH UNIT



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.


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, and 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.

List of research projects carried out by Research Unit, CSWNN, Mumbai

Sr. No.

Name of Study

Commissioning Agency

Year/

Duration of Project

Domain

1

Study & Action Research on the Girl Child Especially in Difficult Circumstances

UNICEF, New Delhi

1994

Action Research on Girl Child

2

A study to evaluate the effectiveness of Community Health Workers in Health Posts in Greater Bombay Under IPP – V

Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay (India Population Project – V)

1994

Health

3

National Consultation on Child Prostitution

UNICEF & Department of Women & Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development

1994

Child Prostitution Child Protection

4

A Descriptive Analysis of the Physical and Pedagogical Techniques in BMC Schools Implementing the UPEFA Project

UNICEF, Bombay

1995

Education

5

An Evaluation of the Impact of Sponsorship-Aid Provided by CASP-PLAN in the Resettlement Area in Malad (E), Mumbai

CASP - PLAN

1995

Family &  Child Sponsorship

6

Survey of Low Income Goan Households with School Dropout Adolescent Girls: Assessing Need and Interest in Vocational Training and Income Generating Program

Maria Coelho Charitable and Social Trust

1996

Education & Skill Training

7

Working Conditions at the Dumping Ground Sites of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

Participatory Research in Asia(PRIA)

1997

Dumping ground - health

8

A Study to Evaluate the Bhiwandi She Buffalo Generation Program of the CASP-Plan International

CASP-PLAN

1997

Income generation

9

Qualitative Impact Assessment of the Bombay Red Light District Project (PSI)

Population Services International

 1997

Women Adolescent girls (Commercial Sex Workers)

10

An Evaluation of the School Social Work program run by the Pearl S. Buck Foundation (PSBF) and the Ho chi Minh City Child Welfare Foundation (HCWF)

Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Vietnam

 1997

Family & Child Sponsorship

11

Social Assessment Study on the District Primary Education Program in Maharashtra Prathmik Shikshan Parishad Government of Maharashtra (D.P.E.P. – 2)

Maharashtra Prathmik Shikshan Parishad

 1998

Education

12

The Social & Health Needs of Sexually Abused and Exploited Children (UNESCAP)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

 1998

Health and social services of Sexually Abused and Exploited children

13

A Baseline Study to Assess the Housing Conditions of the Allottees of PVHP in Pune Prior to Relocation

Muniwar Abad Charitable Trust (MACT)

 1998

Housing condition and Standard of Living

14

A Right to Happiness: Positive Prevention and Intervention Strategies with Children abused through Sexual Exploitation (Report of a Workshop for Practitioners in South Asia Mumbai India (BICE)

International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE)

 

Publication

15

Report on the Needs and Aspirations of Blind Adolescent Girls in Mumbai

Proctor and Gamble, India Ltd.

1999

Adolescent blind girls

16

Raids, Rescue, Rehabilitation

Academy for Educational Development under Associate Award No. 386-A-00-03-00123 for the project ‘South Asia Regional Initiative Equity (SARI/Equity) Support Programme & UNICEF - Delhi

1999

Publication on the Mumbai Raids of 1996

17

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, Mumbai

 1999

Need assessment of children  of sex workers and availability of services

18

Evaluation of Nine Social Development Projects of the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan

 Financed by Bilance Netherlands

In house study

 2003

 College Field Action Projects

19

Resilience – A Joyful Growth: Action Research on Promoting Resilience in Children Report and Manual of Exercises

International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE)

2002

Risk factor in children  Manual of the Action Research

20

Evaluation of Sponsorship Program of Family Service Centre

Child’s Rights and You (CRY)

2002

Family & Child Sponsorship

21

Needs Assessment of landless laborers  in Beed District, Maharashtra

Provincial of the Pune Province of the society of Jesus(sj)

2002

Need assessment

22

A Study of Pre and Post Adoptive Concerns of Adoptive Parents in Mumbai.

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi

2003

Child Adoption

23

Qualitative Documentation on Rescue and Rehabilitation Interventions on Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

UNICEF & Department of Women and Child Development Ministry of Human Resource Development Government of India

2003

Child Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation of children in India

24

Evaluation Study of Day Care Centres – Aasara

Aasara

2004

Day Care Centres

25

A Situational Analysis of the Prostitution of Boys in the City of Mumbai, India

ECPAT

2006

Prostitution of Boys

26

A Manual for Social Workers / Caregivers of Child Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation – UNICEF

UNICEF & Department of Women and Child Development Ministry of Human Resource Development Government of India

2005

 Manual – care Child Victims

27

Evaluation of Prevention of Trafficking In Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh

Society to Help Rural Empowerment and Education (STHREE)

2005

Girl/Women Trafficking

28

A Study of the Alumni of the College of Social Work in its Golden Jubilee Year – 1955 – 2005.

College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan

2005

Alumni of the CSW

29

Anti-Trafficking Action Plan for years 2005 – 07

UNICEF & Department of Women Development and Child Welfare, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh

2005

Child Trafficking

30

Access to Care  Study on Tuberculosis Services in Mumbai

Inter-Aide Dost

2005

Health

31

Falling Sex Ratio in Maharashtra – Female Foeticide Report

 All India Association for Christian Higher Education

(AIACHE )Publication

2005

Female Foeticide

32

Report on the analysis of a baseline study carried out in shelter homes in Mumbai which house rescued victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation

The South Asia Regional Initiative / Equity Support Program - SARI/Equity

2006

Publication of the Action Research - Shelter Home Victims - Rehabilitation

33

Enquiry into Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work in India

 Publication financed by Ratan Tata Trust

2006

Ethics - Book

34

Factors Associated With Adherence/Non-Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Among HIV/AIDS Patients

Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, University of South Florida

2007

HIV/AIDS

35

Evaluation of the Community-based Sponsorship Programme

Children of the World (India) Trust

2008

Community based Sponsorship Program

36

Mapping of the Criminal Justice System in Maharashtra

Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT)

2008

Governance

37

Development of Materials for the National Convention of Children Against Child Labour Organized by CACL – Central Secretariat

CACL (Campaign Against Child Labour)

2008

Child Labour - Booklet

38

Exploration of Women’s Daily Lives and Participation in the Informal  Labor Market in Mumbai, India

Department of Economics & Department of Psychology, California State University, San Marcos

2008

Improve employment condition of women

39

Exploration of Women’s Daily Life and Participation in the Informal Labour Market (Phase –I)

Rohuk Consultants

2009

Improve employment condition of women

40

Mapping Nowhere Children: Registering the Births of Children in Vulnerable Circumstances in Mumbai

Plan India

2008

Birth registration of Children

41

Evaluation of the Cooperatives and Micro-finance Initiatives of Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action( YUVA)

YUVA

 2008

Micro finance for Women

42

Action Research on Prevention of Unintentional Injuries Among Children (0-14 years) in Mumbai

Safe Kids Foundation (India)

2009

Action research - Road Safety among (0-14 years)children

43

A Process Evaluation of the project titled ‘Communication of Health Messages affecting Malnutrition through Traditional Folk Art Forms

Impact India Foundation, Mumbai.

2009

Malnutrition among mother and child

44

Potential for Change: Needs Assessment Study

Holy Cross Hospital, Kalyan

2009

 Child Health

45

Rapid Appraisal of the Read India Campaign in Mumbai

Pratham, Mumbai.

2009

Education

46

Impact of Bhonga Schools on Tribal Children

Vidhayak Sansad

2010

Education

47

Assessment of the Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town Assisted Agricultural Program in Thane District

Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town

2010

Agricultural activities affect  employment

48

My Dream House: Impact Evaluation of Habitat India’s Cost Effective Housing Solutions in Karjat, Maharashtra

Habitat For Humanity

2011

Housing

49

Helping families care for their children: A feasibility study to determine the viability of initiating SOS’s Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) in Alibaug

SOS villages

2011

Family Strengthening

50

Developing a curriculum for Universal Birth Registration (UBR) for student of social work or related humanity fields

Plan India

2011

 Curriculum on Birth Registration of Children

51

Multi Sectoral development of areas prone to communal tensions in Maharashtra.

Minority Affairs Department, Mumbai

2012

Communal violence

52

Compilation and Preparation: A Directory of Minority Institutions in the state of Maharashtra

Minority Affairs Department

2012

Minority Education Institutions

53

Study of the Conditions of Women Affected by Communal Violence in Kandhamal District, Orissa

National Solidarity Forum, Orissa)

2011

Women violence

54

Evaluation of the Mumbai- Thane HIV AIDS Project.

World Vision

2011

HIV/AIDS

55

Evaluation of Muktangan

Tech Mahindra Foundation

2011

Education of children

56

Baseline survey of the Demonstration site for the Girls Gaining Ground (GGG) program

Bhavishya Alliance

2012

Adolescent girls health

57

Development Initiatives by Voluntary Organizations Working for the Muslim Community in the State of Maharashtra

Nasreen Contractor

2012

Muslim Community

58

Dandi village: a survey on maternal and child health

JSW Steel Ltd

2012

Maternal & Child Health

59

Needs Assessment Survey of Sriji ka Kheda

College of Social Work

2012

Housing, Health , Education, income, occupation, employment

60

A Rapid Appraisal of Teach for India Programme (TFI)

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)

2012

Education of Children

61

Formative Process Evaluation Of Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) Project

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)

2012

Education

62

To Strengthen Child Protection Systems and Addressing Violence Against Children

UNICEF

2013

Child protection mapping course

63

End line survey of the demonstration site for the Girls Gaining Ground (GGG) program

Bhavishya Alliance

2012

Adolescent girls health

64

A Baseline Needs Assessment of Baddi, Nallagar and Barutiwala (Chandigad,Himachal Pradesh)

Nirmala Niketan Institute

2013

Health , Education and other domains

65

Going Beyond the Known: Understanding Exit Strategies used by Commercial Sex Workers (CSWs) in the Kamathipura Area in Mumbai

Navjeevan trust and College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan

2013

Commercial Sex Workers

66

Economic Opportunities for the Marginalized in India –Juhu Moragaon’

Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, (RGICS), New Delhi

2013

Economic opportunities for Koli Community

67

Baseline Survey of Villages in Pilibhit District, Uttar Pradesh

Asha Deep Amaria

2013

Baseline – Need Assessment

68

Preparing a compendium of NGOs in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad that prepare gifting items”

Ishanya Foundation, Pune

2013

Gifting articles

69

Impact Assessment of Resettlement Implementation- Mumbai Urban Transport Project

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)

2015

Housing

70

Socio Economic and Rehabilitation perspectives of the pavement dwellers in Mumbai

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA)

2013

Housing

71

Evaluation of Vidyadeep Community College, Bharuch, Gujarat

Vidyadeep Community College, Bharuch, Gujarat

2014

Education of Tribal girls

72

Addressing Child Malnutrition in Maharashtra: 1000 Day Window of Opportunity

Save the Children India

2014

Maternal and neo-natal health

73

Impact Assessment study on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives by Mahindra & Mahindra group

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

2014

Effectiveness of activities

74

A Needs Assessment Study in the Tribal Villages of Vikramgarh, Thane District

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

2015

Education, Health

75

Evaluation of UMEED Project

Plan India

2015

Education, Health

76

Baseline Survey of Villages in Pilibhit District, Uttar Pradesh

Asha Deep Amaria

2015

End line - Need assessment

77

Impact evaluation study on the CSR initiatives of L&T Limited

Larsen & Toubro Limited

2016

 Health, Education, Skill Development for youth

78

Impact Evaluation of Soch Ka Parivartan module of YUVA Parivartan

Kherwadi Social Welfare Association
YUVA Parivartan

2016

Livelihood, Employability of the youth

79

Study on Sanitation facilities
and its effect on protection of children in Dharavi, Mumbai

World Vision India – MCI Mumbai

2016

Hygiene & Sanitation (Health)

80

Assessment of Nutritional Status in Elderly in the slums of Mumbai (ICMR multi-centric Task force study)

Indian Council of Medical Research

2017

Nutritional Status of Elderly Population

81

Socio-Economic Survey of Households in Planned Nodes in Navi Mumbai

City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd

2016

Social , cultural, environmental, health and security aspects of Navi Mumbai

82

An Assessment of interventions by               Sanjeevani…Life Beyond Cancer Mumbai

Sanjeevani Life beyond cancer, Mumbai

2017

Health

83

A Study of Children of Migrant Construction Workers across six cities in India

Don Bosco Research Center. Mumbai

2017

Health – children and adolescent

84

Impact Evaluation of Drivers Welfare Project and Village Adoption Project in Aware Village, Thane

Mahindra Logistics, Mumbai

2017

Social Welfare

85

UEPs Impact Assessment in

Selected Districts of Maharashtra 

 

Xavier Institute of Social Research & Action, Nasik

2017

Education

86

Assessment of Mobile Health Intervention for children in 14 Ashram Schools under the Tribal Development

Department in Raigad District, Maharashtra (Documentation)

Urvi Ashok Piramal Foundation (UAPF), Mumbai

2018

Health of Tribal children

87

Social Accounting and Audit of “Multiply the Message”.

 

Trailblazers Foundation, Mumbai

 

2017 Ongoing

Education and Environment

88

Mangurda Village Development Report

The District Collector, Yavatmal

2018 Ongoing

Education, Health, Agriculture, Livelihood

89

Need assessment study related to issues of human trafficking across five locations in Maharashtra

The Sisters of the Good    Shepherd, Andheri, Mumbai

2018 Ongoing

Human trafficking and women and child safety

 

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