First Phase Training – An Overview

Chennai: 6 – 13 September 2010

Delhi: 18 - 25 September 2010 

About the programme

CHSJ has been facilitating a process of annual feedback on the NRHM with a special emphasis on RCH-2 components. The process known as Rapid Assessment of Health Programmes (RAHP) was undertaken through building capacities of civil societies (NGOs) and supporting them in rapid assessment of the implementation of different components of NRHM and RCH-2 in different parts of the country in 2008-09. The studies conducted through this programme were shared at a National Stakeholders Consultation on NRHM on 22nd July 2009.

For continuing the process, this year CHSJ with support from UNFPA and in collaboration with the SRM University, Chennai and the University of Washington conducted the 2nd course of Capacity Building in RAHP, 2010-2011. A total of 19 civil society organizations (NGOs) from different states were selected on basis of their interest and some experience in public health issues and capacity to undertake the documentation. Two researchers from 19 organizations are going to be trained in evaluation methodology in two residential Programmes organized at Chennai and New Delhi (Details of participants given in Annexure 1).


The programme intended to achieve the following objectives:

  • By the end of the course, the participants will have better knowledge about different program evaluation techniques related to health specifically NRHM.
  • Participants are able to apply their knowledge at the practical level of assessing different components of NRHM.

First Phase Training (Details given in annexure 2)

A eight day residential programme was held in Chennai from 6-13th September 2010 and in New Delhi from 18-25th September 2010. This phase focused on research methodologies and data collection. The training covered the following topics.

  • Describe relationships among assessment, evaluation and research, and their relationship to policy
  • Epistemology
  • Social Determinants Of Health
  • Introduction – Key Issues Of NRHM And Innovations in NRHM
  • Role of Ethics in Public Health Research
  • Different types of Data In Program Evaluation
  • Health Economics In Public Health
  • Review of Literature
  • Conceptualizing A Study, Formulation Of Research Questions, Hypothesis
  • Formulation of Objectives, Design Methodology
  • Sampling and Sample Selections
  • Designing and Pre-Testing Of Tools
  • Designing Qualitative Study
  • Developing Data Entry Format

Training Methods Applied

The following training methods were adopted to ensure effective and quality learning: 

  • Lectures 
  • Group Activity
  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Discussions

After the training, resource persons/mentors gave specific feedback to each organisation for finalising their proposal. Each organisation was assigned a mentor at the end of the training programme. 
Annexure 1downloads: 739 | type: pdf | size: 20 kB
Annexure 2downloads: 760 | type: pdf | size: 113 kB
Phase I -Training Report downloads: 749 | type: pdf | size: 229 kB