Nepal Development Research Initiative Pvt. Ltd.

Research Capacity Building

 

Research and Capacity Building

RESEARCH is one of the principal components of higher educational institutions worldwide. It is a basic prerequisite for development and is even more important increating what we call the knowledge based society in which interaction is established between research and society.  In developing countries where research is often given low priority and policy making hardly based on research results building knowledge based society is becoming even more difficult. The low priority on research in developing countries is evident from the fact that they allocate about 0.5 percent or even less of their total gross domestic product (GDP) to research whereas the corresponding allocation in the organization for economic co-operation and development (OECD) countries, for example stands between 1.5 to 4 percent in the recent years.


Similarly the researchers per million population in developing countries and in particular that of least developed countries is extremely low as compared to developed countries indicating an unacceptable knowledge divide between developed and least developed world. It also means an inability of least developed countries to develop, maintain and utilize their own intellectual resources in societal and economic development. In addition, there is always a high risk of brain drainand losing highly qualified human capital to the developed world from the developing countries.


Against this background, Nepal Development Research Initiative is taking effort to contribute in research capacity strengthening through undertaking research, training and advisory services for the postgraduate students, researchers and professionals. Most postgraduate research programs in developing countries including Nepal do not have adequate research funding, effective supervision and interactions. Apart from the low resource allocation, researchers and students have little access to quality training on research methods, internet, library and other infrastructural services for a quality research works. The consequences of which are mediocre theses and dissertations writing the outputs of which are not being well appreciated and utilized in the society and seldom contribute to new knowledge and innovation system.  


Research capacity building is a long term and consistent investment on institutions and individuals to create knowledge, skills and resources for meeting societal and developmental needs of a country. NDRI joins hands in supporting the public sector to achieve the goal of research capacity building in a variety of ways. Major of which this institution is undertaking are running academic program, imparting training and research advisory services.


Training and Orientation Program

1.    6 Days Training cum Workshop on Research Methodology and Proposal Writing

Training cum Workshop on Research Methodology and Proposal Writing was organized from 25-30 January, 2015 in which 10 master’s students from the Kathmandu University including five other college faculties and 13 researchers and professionals from NGOs and development organizations had participated. This program was design and coordinated by Dr Hari Dahal with a team of highly experienced experts that provided hands-on experience and an integrated set of concepts and tools for research effectiveness and skill building. The major objectives of this program were:

 

·         Providing participants with the knowledge, skills and understanding of research paradigms and quantitative and qualitative divides and their integration in social and natural sciences,

·         Developing participant’s the ability to define and formulate the research problem, research questions and setting out research hypotheses to be tested,

·         Enabling participants to make decision on the use of appropriate research designs, data collection and analyses using statistical tools and techniques to derive meaningful results and be able to write research papers to publish in peer review journals.


2.    One-day Training cum Workshop on Research Methodology

One-day Training cum Workshop on Research Methodology to give exposure on the fundamentals of research capacity building for researchers and postgraduate students were conducted at NDRI at the following dates:

·         May 11, 2016 with 34 participants with various educational backgrounds (session topics were: defining research problem, statistics application in social research, and report writing and thesis format).

·         May 21, 2016 with 24 participants (research paradigm, correlation and regression analysis, determining sample size and project proposal writing).


3.   Customized Servieces

Nepal Development Research Initiative keeps on organizing training and research capacity building programs as of participants’ demand and also develops customized training packages in research methodology, data analyses with SPSS application and project proposal writing.

 

4.    Research Advisory Services

The main objective of research advisory services is to help improve the quality of research proposals, dissertations and general project decision making. Our professionals help guide in research methods, statistical application, data analyses, interpretation and report writing.


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