New ERA's main goal is to provide an independent Nepalese perspective in the design, implementation and assessment of development policies & programs by employing a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and PRA methodologies.  
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Most of New ERA's research is conducted on contract from agencies with limited or no research capabilities of their own. In developing and implementing a project, New ERA usually follows a series of steps to ensure that the client's objectives are achieved. It also includes  research as of national interest.

Structuring of Objectives

Precise definition of goals is essential to initiate any new research project. New ERA staff members work closely with the representatives of the contracting agency in order to ensure that the project objectives are clearly identified.

Research Methodology

Once project objectives have been specifically defined, New ERA staff submits a concise proposal for consideration by the contracting agency. Joint discussion follow during which the proposal may be modified in keeping with the budgetary and time constraints. A formal contract is then negotiated and signed.

Project Implementation

Carrying out the research design is primarily the responsibility of New ERA. However, close communication with the sponsoring agency is maintained and interim progress reports may be submitted if necessary. Personnel of the contracting agency may join in project implementation to ensure full co-ordination between New ERA and the sponsoring agency. (Click Research Projects)





Action Research

In action research where community participation is required, feedback is sought within a given community. In this sense action research is a social experiment, finding a community's reaction to a project being one of the main objectives. In addition, the field project provides information that can be useful in conducting future projects. For example, the lessons learnt through action research can be used by another agency involved in implementing larger scale projects elsewhere.


New ERA's research results are generally presented in a report format. The report summarising project activities, findings and recommendations are produced in multiple copies. Whenever possible, New ERA also disseminates the study findings through seminars and workshops.

New ERA has published several reports, ranging both in scope and size, from quite small (45-50 pages) volumes to multi-volume publications. All of our reports since early 1980s have been word- processed thanks to micro computers.





Technical Assistance

New ERA extends technical support for project implementation in terms of project strategy formulation and advisory services.

It has also been involved in conducting pilot tests for new technologies and their adaptation and dissemination in rural communities. New ERA's experience of providing technical assistance to projects includes setting up of Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) for Department of Health, implementation of Third and Fourth Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project by Department of Water Supply and Sanitation (DWSS); implementation of Rapti Development Project; Food for Work; Ban Udyam: Forest Based Micro-enterprise Component of Environment Forest and Enterprise Activities (EFEA); Public Relation Consulting Services for Melamchi Water Supply Development Board etc. (Click for TA projects)






New ERA has developed a number of multi-disciplinary training programs for agencies involved in educational and other development activities in Nepal. The training programs supplement the theory with actual work and apprise the trainees of the social situations they are likely to encounter in the field. New ERA's extensive involvement in training dates back to the 1970s when it trained the first group of grassroots development workers for Small Farmer Development Program (SFDP) and Production Credit for Rural Women (PCRW) project. The training packages designed by New ERA are still widely used by development agencies.

A more recent training program in which New ERA has been at the vanguard relates to the dissemination of the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) technique.

Since 1989, New ERA has been sharing its experience in PRA with various national and international institutions. It has trained hundreds of NGO and INGO workers. The PRA technique has been disseminated to senior government officials and planners, project advisors, technicians, social scientists, women activists and community level extension workers and volunteers.  (Click here for list of training)