This course is designed for those with an interested in researching onsite sanitation or management of faecal sludge such as practitioners, academicians, consultants, researchers, students and representatives from NGOs. It should be noted that this is not solely a laboratory course as the principals of research are also covered. It should be noted that the first part of this course is based on a future research project which you hope to undertake.
PrerequisitesAn undergraduate degree and an interest in research
- Evaluate the appropriateness of different research approaches, designs and sampling strategies in relation to the individual research project
- Evaluate the appropriateness of the research methods covered in relation to the individual research project
This two-week course has been developed to enable the participants to become effective researchers in the field of sanitation. The first part of this course covers the basics of research such as research approaches, the classification of studies, research study design and sampling strategies.
The course then splits into two streams, (i) Advanced Laboratory Methods and (ii) Social Science Methods. Both streams are not only designed to introduce the participants to different methods but to give practical experience in using the methods and analyzing the resulting data.
Examples of methods which may be included in the first stream are anaerobic digestion potential and helminth analysis, and in the second stream, focus group discussion and visual research methods.
- Research Design and Sampling Strategies
- Research methods - Laboratory based or Social Science