Most of PHD Group research is conducted on contract basis from agencies with limited or no research capabilities of their own. In developing and implementing a project, the PHD Group usually follows a series of steps to ensure that the client’s objectives are achieved. It also induces research as of national interest. PHD Group staff members work closely with the representatives of the contracting agency in order to ensure that the project objectives are met. Once project objectives are defined, the PHD Group staff members submit a concise proposal for consideration by the contracting agency.  Carrying out research design, data collection, data editing/entry and preparation of report become the primarily responsibility of the PHD Group.

PHD group conducted different types of quantitative as well as qualitative researches in the field of health and population. Quantitative questionnaire surveys in social sciences are carried out for a number of agencies to establish baseline and end-line indicators on social and development trends. Techniques such as focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, case studies, participatory research appraisals etc. are used to collect qualitativeinformation on social and cultural norms and values prevailing in the society.PHD Group had successfully undertaken the further analysis of the 2006 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey and reviewed and prepared ICPD+15 Nepal Country Report.

Studies and evaluations undertaken and completed by PHD Group are listed in chronological order as follows:

  1. PHD Group conducted “Local youth partnership program evaluation” for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Section, Kathmandu in 2014.
  2. Evaluation of a Program to Prevent Pre-Eclampsia and Eclampsia through Calcium Supplementation for Pregnant Women in Nepal in Dailekh district“. JHPIEGO/ Kathmandu. June 2013 to December 2013.

In 2016 a peer reviewed article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Journal as follows:

KusumThapa, HarshadSanghvi, Barbara Rawlins, Yagya B. Karki, KiranRegmi, ShiluAryal, YeshodaAryal, Peter Murakami, Jona Bhattarai1 and Stephanie Suhowatsky. 2016. “Coverage, compliance, acceptability and feasibility of a program to prevent preeclampsia and eclampsia through calcium supplementation for pregnant women: an operations research study in one district of Nepal”. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2016) 16:241
DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-1033-6

Pre-testing of Nilocon White TVC Campaign (Completed 2007)

A qualitative research method was adopted to test media materials for Nepal Contraceptive Retail

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