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“Research and development is a critical step in bringing a positive, impactful and rapid change in a society. Without detailed analysis, it is not possible to build quality solutions.”

Research plays an important role in diagnosing social problems, explore causative factors and develop solutions. Besides, it provides updated, authentic and proven information which helps in addressing the root cause of the problem. Since its inception, CHINAR International has been doing research projects which include need assessment, community profiling, and designing/evaluating strategies to meet the needs on ground.
CI has developed standard tools and formats to assess the socio-economic condition of the community/individuals. A well-planned research including thorough assessment and verification is done while selecting families for our children and youth programs. In our research process, we use both participatory rural appraisal (PRA) and participatory learning and action (PLA) techniques wherein we seek the opinions and knowledge of the community people for carrying out developmental projects. As an implementing organisation, we do realise that first-hand information is necessary in designing long term solutions and creating an impact on the ground.
In the past six years, we have conducted a series of research studies for collecting base line data and identifying problems existing around the community. Some of our major research works are mentioned below:

Lifeline Charitable Trust-A study

In January 2012, CHINAR International, in collaboration with Lifeline Charitable Trust- a registered non-profit organisation in Kashmir conducted a study in the selected villages of Tangmarg Tehsil. The idea behind the study was to explore options to utilise the state of art building founded by LCT in 2003 in Tangmarg Tehsil of Baramulla District with an initial plan to establish an orphanage having all types of modern facilities including central heating. Since the building remained un-utilised for years, CI initially explored option of using the facility as an orphanage as it was initially planned. However, institutionalized care was not the recommended option by experts and child psychologists for orphans and vulnerable children. To understand if the facility could be used for any other non-profit work a survey of the neighbouring villages around LCT was conducted. The idea was to use the profit from the LCT facility to fund non-profit projects like CI’s community based solutions to help vulnerable children and destitute families.
For details, check link below:


Impact Assessment of Conflict on Children in Srinagar, Rajouri & Poonch Districts in Jammu And Kashmir-Save The Children

In January 2014, CHINAR International a study titled “Impact Assessment of Conflict on Children in Srinagar, Rajouri & Poonch Districts in Jammu And Kashmir” in partnership with Save The Children-a non-profit organisation working for children. The study focused on social impact of civil unrest and strife on human development: health, education, employment and livelihoods, poverty and social safety nets, and social cohesion and gender on children, families, orphans, youth and labour/wage earning classes, especially since the most adversely affected among the marginalized are unskilled labourers and those in informal or irregular work.
For details, check link below:

Impact of Flood 2014 on the Education of Children in Selected Areas of District Budgam, Srinagar and Anantnag-UNICEF

In January 2015, CHINAR conducted a qualitative assessment study titled “Impact of Flood 2014 on the Education of Children in Selected Areas of District Budgam, Srinagar and Anantnag”, in partnership with UNICEF. The study gives a comprehensive picture of the infrastructural damage to educational institutions at primary and upper primary level. Assessed in the re-port are sanitary conditions of buildings, study material losses, and the psychological impact on children who missed six months of schooling and witnessed loss of life and property. After the study, CHINAR provided floor matting and furniture to 30 government schools in Srinagar district so that they resume their class work post flood.


Education and Unrest in Kashmir: A Way Forward-CHINAR International

In January 2017, CHINAR International conducted a qualitative assessment study titled “Education and Unrest in Kashmir-A way forward” in collaboration with a local consultant Jahangir Raina. The study was aimed at exploring ways and means to continue education during the times of unrest. Covering around 3000 respondents, the report sums up recommendations and suggestions given by government, resistance groups, civil society organizations and community leaders. The first version of the report was released in April for public consultation. Final report with comments from various stakeholders will be available upon completion.
For detailed report, check link below: