Health

One of the major strength of RDI is involvement in the health sector. RDI deals with various types of projects. We, in our projects provide large scale data set by conducting health and welfare surveys of women, children and ageing population. Assessment and mapping of health facilities using GIS & GPS are also one of the forte’s carried out by us. Hailing are presence in all the states of the country, with sampling ranging to 1,35,000 households in one survey, our surveys are conducted using CAPI & app based mobile techniques. Apart from administrating questionnaires, our health surveys include conducting anthropometric tests, bio marker tests, Lung Function tests, blood pressure tests along with other various clinical tests. Our clients include Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, USAID, Population Council, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Indian Red Cross etc.

Projects On Health

Project Title: Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (Main Wave I)
Year:             2016 – 2017
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh 
Longitudinal Ageing Study in India provide a comprehensive evidence base on health and wellbeing of elderly population in India. The latest (1th round) of LASI was conducted in the year 2016-17. RDI was given the responsibility of conducting the survey in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  This CAPI based study was conducted in 30 districts of the state with a sample of 4000 households.
A month of training was provided by RDI to the field researchers to conduct the interviews as well as performing anthropometric and bio marker tests.

Project Title: National Family & Health Survey
Year:               2015 – 2016
Coverage:      Nagaland and Mizoram
National Family Health Surveys (NFHS) primarily serve to provide essential data on health & family welfare for policy making and planning and throw light on important emerging health and family welfare issues such as fertility, infant and child mortality, the practice of family planning, maternal and child health, reproductive health, nutrition, anaemia, utilization and quality of health etc.

The latest (4th round) of NFHS was conducted in the year 2015-16. RDI was given the responsibility of conducting the survey in the states of Mizoram and Nagaland.  The CAPI based survey was conducted in all the districts of the state with a sample of 11,180 households in each state.
A moth of training was provided by RDI to the field researchers to conduct the interviews as well as performing anthropometric and bio marker tests.

Project Title: Facility mapping survey
Year:               2015-16
Location:       Uttar Pradesh

Sample size- A total of 3398 Government and Private health facilities.
Aim of the study was to map the availability and accessibility of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services in Public and Private Health Service units.
To identify gaps in infrastructure, Human Resource, Equipment, drugs and supplies related to MNCH services. To develop a GIS map of health facilities of districts and to provide information on geographical distribution and the range of health services provided by these health facilities. The study using semi-structured interview schedule and GPS devices.RDI has conducted the study for State Innovations in Family Planning Services Project Agency (SIFPSA), Lucknow.

Project Title:  Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health
Year:               2015
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh

Sample size- 36 districts of Uttar Pradesh with a samples of 2000 interviews in each phase.
The purpose of SAGE was to collect data on a broad range of self-reported assessments of health and well-being over time. A standardized approach was used to collect an individual’s self-ratings of health.
Biomarker and Anthropometric tests were conducted. These tests included Vision test, Blood Pressure, Grip strength test, Verbal recall test, Digit span test, Lung function test etc. The survey used vignettes to measure the opinion of respondents on a standard form.
A month long training was provided by RDI to field researchers to conduct the interviews and tests..
It was a longitudinal study conducted in the year 2007 and subsequently in 2015 in 9 states of India. International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS) was the nodal agency and World Health Organization (WHO) was the knowledge partner.

Project Title: Clinical Anthropometric Bio Chemical Tests Under Annual Health Survey
Year:             2013 – 2014
Coverage:      Bihar

Sample size- 35,000 households (anthropometric and bio marker tests were conducted amongst all the eligible members of the households.)
The survey aimed at collecting information on nutritional status of women & children prevalence of anemia among women & children, prevalence of hypertension and abnormal fasting blood glucose among women and men 18 years. Bio marker as well as anthropometric tests were done during the survey.
A team of doctors and paramedics was selected by RDI to conduct this survey in 20 districts of Bihar.

Project Title:   Feasibility Study for Health Communication in Bihar
Year:                 2012
Coverage:        Bihar
In this endeavour, RDI conducted this study in Bihar to help design a behaviour change communication program for Hero’s Project, Mumbai. The study aimed at understanding and analyzing Communities’ own perspective and orientation towards health seeking behaviour and identifying the effective medium of communication needed for the same.
The study was qualitative and was conducted in 3 districts of Bihar. The findings of the study helped in designing the BCC program by Hero’s project in the state

Project Title: Post Survey Audit of Annual Health Survey
Year:               2010 – 2013
Coverage:      Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa
RDI conducted Post survey audit of Annual Health Survey in 5 states with a sample size of 1, 35,000 households in 5 states to provide unbiased and objective feedback about the coverage of households and the survey as a whole. The Post Survey Audit entailed administering a shorter version of questionnaire of Annual health survey to the same respondents selected for Annual health Survey. The village or urban wards was the primary sampling unit and every alternate household in the primary unit was to be visited for the audit by the field team of RDI.
The survey was conducted in a phased manner for three years consecutively (2010-12).The study was commissioned by Office of Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Project:        Communication Needs Assessment for Prevention of HIV/AIDS
Year:             2010-11        
Coverage:    Arunachal Pradesh
A Communication needs assessment study was conducted to identify the most effective messages and appropriate channels for communicating with target audience related to prevention of HIV/AIDS.
The study was both quantitative and qualitative in nature and commissioned by Arunachal Pradesh States Aids Control Society.

Project:       Labor Flexibility & Security Research Program
Year:            2010               
Coverage:   Delhi & NCR
The study aimed at assessing the socio economic security and well -being of the human resources employed in the health sector. The study also entailed examining as to how organizations and employees in the health sector promote both the capacity of the organization to respond to changes in demand for hospital services.
The study was quantitative, and commissioned by Monash University, Australia.

Project Title:  Baseline Survey for PRACHAR Project – Phase III
Year:              2010
Coverage:       Bihar

Sample size- 12,600 households adopting qualitative and quantitative approach.

Pathfinder International initiated a project entitled “Prachar” in the state of Bihar to empower young couples and adolescents to adopt healthy reproductive behaviors in various phases.
RDI conducted a baseline survey in the phase III of Prachar project to compare the pre-intervention levels of indicators in intervention and comparison blocks. The study helped in developing the integrated package of Reproductive Health and Family Planning communication and services in the intervention blocks alongwith providing feedback to all stake holders.

Project:      Service Provider Assessment for Family Planning Services in A & B Category Villages
Year:           2009-10          
Coverage:  Uttar Pradesh
The objective of the study was to list all private health service providers (both allopathic and ISMP) and collect information on family planning products and services provided by the service providers;
The study also aimed at assessing quality of family planning services/ products being provided and estimate the family planning client load at the service provider level;
Apart from this, the study explored the willingness of service providers in providing additional family planning products and services in future and their linkages with social marketing agencies.Study was commissioned by Futures Group International.

Project:       Situational Analysis of TB Patients
Year:            2009-10         
 Coverage:  Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka
The study was a KAB; to assess the knowledge, awareness, attitude and stigma associated with Tuberculosis patients. The study entailed interviewing TB patients as well as their care takers and other people residing in the vicinity.
The study was commissioned by International foundation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Project Title: Evaluation of role of ASHA under NRHM
Year:               May, 2009 – Sep, 2009
Coverage:      Rajasthan
The study was conducted in Rajasthan with the objective to evaluate the role of ASHA Sahayogini under Janani Suraksha Yojana in increasing institutional deliveries and Counseling to mothers after delivery covering all aspects PNC, breastfeeding, new born care and contraception.  One of the main objectives of the study also included to assess the availability of medical officers in 24/7 PHCs and to analyze the fund flow mechanism of ASHA.
The study was conducted in 9 districts of Rajasthan.It was commissioned by Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Rajasthan.

Project:       Customer Satisfaction Survey for Voucher System
Year:            2009-10         
Coverage:   Uttar Pradesh
A voucher system was initiated in some of the private hospitals in Uttar Pradesh wherein, the poor people identified in the slum areas were provided with vouchers with the help of which they could avail services at these hospitals free of cost.
The study aimed at identifying the problems faced in obtaining vouchers and quality of services being provided to the beneficiaries under the voucher system;
It was a quantitative study. The study was commissioned by Futures Group International.

Project Title: Impact Assessment of Role of ANM’s under NRHM
Year:               May, 2009 – Aug, 2009
Coverage:      Rajasthan
The study was conducted by RDI in Rajasthan with objective to evaluate the performance of ANMs, additional ANMs and MPWs against the job responsibilities laid down.It was commissioned by Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Rajasthan.

Project Title: Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS)
Year:               2008 – 2009
Coverage:      Mizoram and Tripura
This survey was commissioned by World Health organization and International Institute for Population Sciences.
The majorobjectives were to obtain estimates of prevalence of tobacco use (smoking and smokeless tobacco); Exposure to second-hand smoke; cessation; the economics of tobacco; exposure to media messages on tobacco use and knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards tobacco use.
A moth long training was provided by RDI to the field researchers. To statistically represent the sample, houselisting exercise was conducted prior to the survey.

Project:        Mapping of urban health facilities in Bihar
Year:             Feb’08 – August’08
 Coverage:    Bihar
The main objective of the survey was to map all health centers, (Govt or private), diagnostic centers and ICDS centers in 37 cities/towns in Bihar. Manually made maps were converted into AutoCAD maps. One map represented approx. 50,000 populations. All the health centres functional and providing were plotted on the map indicating major landmarks.The study was commissioned by State Health Society, Bihar.

Project Title: Status of GNM Schools & ANM Training Centres in Govt. & Pvt. Sectors
Year:             Jan, 2008
Coverage:      Rajasthan
The study aimed at identifying the condition of the ANM and GNM schools and training centers in order to evaluate the quality of training provided in these centres.The study commissioned by Center of Good Governance, Govt. of Rajasthan was conducted in 9 districts of Rajasthan.

Project:      Rapid Assessment of the Functionality of FRUs and 24×7 PHCs in Orissa
Year:           2008
Coverage:  Orissa
The study aimed at assessing the operational status of FRUs and 24×7 PHCs, in keeping with the critical parameters, as prescribed in the guidelines issued by GOI and to identify gaps in operationalization.
All functional FRUs and 24×7 PHCs and those that were planned to be made functional by March 2008 were covered. Details of equipments, drugs, infrastructural facilities were assessed.
Client – Department for International Development (DFID), British High Commission.

Project Title: District level Household Survey – 3 (DLHS- 3)
Year:               2007 – 2008
Coverage:      Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Tripura
The survey is designed to provide estimates on important indicators on maternal and child health, family planning and other reproductive health services. The survey is conducted in phases.
RDI had conducted the third round of DLHS in the states of Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Tripura with a sample of 18,000 households, 9,000 households and 5,000 households respectively in each state.
The main aim of the survey was to provide estimates on important indicators on maternal and child health, family planning and other reproductive health services.
Apart from interviews with the respondents, a health facility survey was also conducted to gauge the infrastructure and equipment details of the centre.
A moth long training was provided by RDI to the field researchers to conduct the interviews.
To statistically represent the sample, houselisting exercise was conducted prior to the survey in all the selected sample area.

Project Title: Increasing Access to Comprehensive Abortion Care Services in India
Year:               Dec, 2007 – Feb, 2008
Coverage:      Rajasthan
The survey aimed at identifying awareness and practices related to abortion amongst rural households in the state of Rajasthan.
It focused on gathering information on contraception and unmet need; Awareness of legality of abortion, attitude towards abortion, and services available/sought for abortions.
The study was primarily quantitative in nature and approximately 2,500 women in the reproductive age group were interviewed during the study.
A process of houselisting was done to identify the sampled women in the selected sampling units.The study was conducted by Population Council of India.

Project Title: Integrated Nutrition and Health Project 3 (INHP) – First Annual Survey
Year:               Sep, 2007 – Dec, 2007
Coverage:      Bihar
RDI conducted the first annual survey of INHP.  The objective of the assignment was to collect health related information from mothers of children below two years. Apart from collecting health related information on various indicators, children were weighed and information related to their nutrition was collected.
A total of 3,000 households were selected for the study in the states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
The survey was quantitative in nature and the process of mapping-listing was done in order to identify the sampled women in the households.

Project Title: Baseline Study in Lucknow and West Bengal
Year:              Mar, 2007 – Apr, 2007
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal
The objective of the assignment was to assess the knowledge attitude and behavior of adolescents towards sexual and reproductive health.
The study entailed adopting quantitative method to interview both married and unmarried adolescents.
The study was commissioned by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and was conducted in the state of West Bengal with a sample size of 1,800 adolescents.

Project Title: Availability of Doctors/Nurses and Paramedics in CHC/PHC/Sub-centre& impact thereof
Year:               May, 2007 – Sep, 2007
Coverage:      Rajasthan
The main objective of the study was to assess the availability and utility of medical staff in selected health facilities. Other than these, information was collected related to indicators like availability of medicines, functional status of lab and diagnostic equipments, verification of absenteeism from registers etc.
A total of 795 facilities, 1600 health personnel and 9152 patients were covered for the study.
In order to take the feedback of the people regarding the services, patients were interviewed at each facility. The Study was commissioned by Centre for Good Governance, Rajasthan.

Project Title:  Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health
Year:               2007
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh
The purpose of SAGE was to collect data on a broad range of self-reported assessments of health and well-being over time. A standardized approach was used to collect an individual’s self-ratings of health.
Apart from this, Biomarker and Anthropometric tests were conducted. These tests included Vision test, Blood Pressure, Grip strength test, Verbal recall test, Digit span test, Lung function test etc.

A month long training was provided by RDI to field researchers to conduct the interviews and tests.
Prior to the survey, houselisting exercise was carried out for the selection of the samples.
International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS) was the nodal agency and World Health Organization (WHO) was the knowledge partner.

Project Title: National Family & Health Survey
Year:               2005 – 2006
Coverage:      Nagaland and Chhattisgarh
National Family Health Surveys (NFHS) primarily serve to provide essential data on health & family welfare for policy making and planning and throw light on important emerging health and family welfare issues such as fertility, infant and child mortality, the practice of family planning, maternal and child health, reproductive health, nutrition, anaemia, utilization and quality of health etc. The survey is considered as one of the most reliable source data on health & family welfare.
The survey is conducted at an interval of every 5 years. The 3rd round of NFHS was conducted in the year 2005-06. RDI was given the responsibility of conducting the survey in the states of Chhattisgarh and Nagaland.
The Survey was conducted with the help of CAPI.
A month long training was provided by RDI to the field researchers to conduct the interviews as well as performing anthropometric and bio marker tests.
To statistically represent the sample, house listing exercise was conducted prior to the survey in all the selected sample area.

Project Title: Innovation in Family Planning Services – ii
Year:               Sep, 2005
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh
The assignment was the evaluation of Innovations in Family Planning Services (IFPS) II. IFPS II focused primarily on reducing total fertility rates, increase contraceptive prevalence rates and to improve women’s health.
RDI conducted the evaluation of IFPS in 30 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The study adopted quantitative approach by interviewing women in the reproductive age group. A total of households were selected for the study
Mapping and listing of the households was done in order to select the sampled households.

Project Title: District Action Plan (DAP) Survey
Year:                Aug, 2004
Coverage:       Uttar Pradesh
The objective of the assignment was to find out accessibility of women to the family planning as well as RCH and MCH related services.
A total of 4,500 women in the reproductive age group were interviewed for the purpose. In order to identify these women, a process of listing and mapping was done prior to conducting the survey.
The study was quantitative in nature and was commissioned by Futures Group International.

Project Title: Rapid Assessment of Community’s Awareness of Obstetric & Neonatal Danger Signs
Year:               Jul, 2004
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh
The objective of the assignment was to find out community’s awareness related to obstetric and neonatal danger signs.
The study was conducted in two phases. The first phase of the study was qualitative followed by a quantitative survey amongst the eligible women (women who had delivered one year prior to conducting the survey).
The study was commissioned by Intra Health International.

Project Title: Facility &Training Needs Assessment Survey of Health Institutions
Year:               Feb, 2004
Coverage:      Uttarakhand
The study entailed to assess the facilities available at all the Government Health Centres in 9 districts of Uttarakhand.
The research team consisted of Engineers, Doctors and Paramedics.
The Engineering team was responsible for making the AutoCAD maps of the health centrealongwith indicating the repairs required for the buildings.
The team of Doctors and paramedics were responsible for conducting interviews with the health functionaries to find out details related to the infrastructure, logistics, availability of medicines, equipment etc at the health centre.
The study was commissioned by Futures Group International.

Project:    Evaluation Study: Innovation Action Project for the Upliftment of Urban Slum Dwellers through Family Planning Services
Year:             Oct 2003      
 Coverage:   Uttar Pradesh
The objective of the assignment was to find out accessibility of the women to the family planning services and to the MCH related services provided by the NGO.
The team interviewed eligible women in the reproductive age group of 15-49 and asked them about the source of MCH services & levels of satisfaction thereof.
This study helped SIFPSA evaluate the initiatives & activities undertaken by the NGO.
The study was commissioned by SIFPSA, Lucknow.

Project:       Evaluation of MCH Services in Allahabad District of Uttar Pradesh
Year:            Oct 2003       
Coverage:   Uttar Pradesh
The objective of the assignment was to find out accessibility of the women to family planning services and to the MCH related services provided by the NGO, Steward Trust.
The study was quantitative; conducting interviews with the eligible women
The study was commissioned by SIFPSA, Lucknow.

Project Title: Evolution of CBOPs & CHDs in Jharkhand / Jamshedpur
Year:                Aug, 2003 
Coverage:       Jharkhand
The objective of the study was to assess the evolution of CBOPs (community based operating partners) in the context of Child Survival Project being implemented in Jamshedpur by CARE India.
The study entailed conducting indepth interviews with ANMs, Anganwadi workers and opinion leaders.
Focus Group Discussions were organized with the community.

Project Title: Contraceptive Products Retail Penetration Survey Back Check
Year:               Jul, 2003 – Aug, 2003
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh
Objective of the study was to validate the findings of a Lead Agency on whether Contraceptive, Maternal & child Health Care products have achieved at least 80% penetration in the 4 districts of Moradabad Division. A census of all the retail outlets in 35 sample villages was done and all the shop owners were interviewed. Study adopted both quantitative and qualitative research tools.
The study was commissioned by CMS.

Project Title: Concurrent Evaluation of NGOs for FHAC (Family Health Awareness Campaign)
Year:               Jul, 2003
Coverage:      NCT (India’s capital territory) of Delhi
In order to undertake a concurrent evaluation of the NGOs (Non GovernmentOrganisations) involved in the implementation of the FHAC campaign in the national capital territory of Delhi, RDI conducted a study in India’s capital territory of Delhi. The study team assessed the preparedness and involvement of NGOs participating in Family Health Awareness Campaign. The involvement and effectiveness of the Social Mobilization Events/Camp and FHAC Camp at each Dispensary during the campaign and whether NGOs executed the task as per timeline outlined was also assessed.
The study team visited FHAC camps, interviewed households and visitors at camps. Study adopted Quantitative research methodology.
The study was commissioned by CARE India.

Project Title: Documentation of Initiatives Undertaken by Different Stakeholders on Prevention of        Trafficking of Women & Children
Year:              Jun, 2003
Coverage:      All the States & Union Territories of India
The objective of the study was to document the initiatives taken by various stakeholders. Stakeholders involved the police, government departments and the NGOs (Non GovernmentOrganisations) for preventing trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation This entailed interviewing the concerned police, government officials and the NGOs and document initiatives taken, problems faced and strategies drawn for combating the problem.
Moreover, the study was to compile the data related to trafficking of women and children in India. The study was carried out in 30 states of India and Union Territories. Major source and destination areas were also identified
The study was commissioned by UNICEF, India Country Office Delhi.

Project Title: Facility &Training Needs Assessment Survey of Health Institutions in 2 Districts of Uttaranchal
Year:                 Apr, 2003
Coverage:        Uttaranchal
The objective of the survey was to assess the facilities available at all the Government Health centres in Nainital and Udhamsingh Nagar of Uttaranchal.
The research team consisted of Engineers, Doctors and Paramedics. The Engineering team was responsible for making the AutoCAD maps of the health centre and along with it indicated the major and minor repairs required for the buildings. The Doctors and the paramedics were responsible for conducting interviews with the health functionaries and to find out details related to the infrastructure, logistics, availability of medicines, equipmentsetc of the health centre. Structured interviews were conducted and RDI covered all the health centres in the two districts.
The study was commissioned by Policy Project (Futures Group International/USAID).

Project Title: PCDF: Evaluation Study
Year:               Feb, 2003
Coverage:      Uttar Pradesh
Aim was to find out accessibility of the women to the family planning and MCH (Maternal child health) and RCH (Reproductive child health) related services. Another main objective was to estimate the knowledge of the CBD (community based development) workers.
Structured interviews were conducted and total 2000 households were covered during the study. Mapping and listing of the households was done as per the standard of NFHS (National Family Health Survey) in order to select the sampled households. Structured schedule was administered on the identified eligible women in 6 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
The study was commissioned by Policy Project (Futures Group International/USAID).

Project Title: Evaluation Study: To Evaluate a Service Centered Approach for Mother & Child Health (MCH)
Year:               Feb, 2003
Coverage:       Uttar Pradesh
Aim of the study was to find out accessibility of the women to the family planning services and to the MCH related services provided by two NGOs in the district of Saharanpur. Structured schedule was administered on the identified eligible women.
The study was commissioned by SIFPSA Lucknow.

Project:       SO2 Indicator Survey
Year:            October-November 2001      
Coverage:   Uttar Pradesh
The objective of the assignment was to find out accessibility of the women to the family planning services and ante natal care services. The survey was conducted in 2 districts of U.P.
Mapping and listing of the households was done as per the standard of NFHS survey in order to select the sampled households.
Structured schedule was administered on the identified eligible women.
The study was commissioned by Policy Project (Futures Group International/USAID).

Project:      District Action Plan (DAP) Survey
Year:           July 2001       
Coverage:  Uttar Pradesh
The objective of the assignment was to find out accessibility of the women to the family planning services and to MCH related services. Mapping and listing of the households was done as per the standard of NFHS survey in order to select the sampled households.
Structured schedule was administered on the identified eligible women.
The study was commissioned by Policy Project (Futures Group International/USAID).