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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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