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Media Collective for Child Rights (MCCR) for UNICEF State Office, Chhattisgarh

This was a collaborative effort of CMSR Foundation and UNICEF State Office, Chhattisgarh to focus on promoting Child Rights issues in the state. Through media workshops, field visits, mentorship and training & capacity building of different stakeholders, this initiative aimed towards collective mobilization of media, civil society, government officials and elected representatives of Chhattisgarh to ensure children are able to enjoy their basic human rights related to education, health, nutrition and safety form violence and trafficking.

Study on Chennai Floods and Children’s Resiliency: Understanding the impact of sudden onset of climatic disaster on vulnerable urban children

This study was commissioned in the context of the floods which affected Chennai city in November-December, 2015 and the objective was to understand the risks of climate changes posed to children in Chennai. Mostly, the study was of a qualitative nature and involved focus group discussions with children and parents from the affected zones and interviews with officials of Municipal Corporation, PHC, school staff and AWCs.

Analysis of Assembly Questions during the Year 2013-15 for UNICEF

UNICEF as part of its engagement with the Vidhan Sabha of Chhattisgarh, had taken up the task of analysing questions raised by honourable members of the house on child rights and related issues. For this purpose, UNICEF required support of a research agency to analyse the questions raised during the year 2013-15 and CMSR Consultants was selected for this task. The scope of work of the organization included; analysing the questions raised during all the eight sessions from the period 2013 – 2015 and to make a comparison and prepare a report on the questions related to child rights and related issues with a special focus on the five broad areas i.e., Reducing Neo Natal Deaths, Reducing Stunting, Reducing Open Defecation, Protection of Children against Violence and Abuse.

Process Documentation – Innovation & Best Practices of Child Centred Community Development Program in Bihar

“Plan India” with the support of five partner NGOs was engaged in the implementation of “Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) programmes” in five districts of Bihar. The program was directed towards improving the status of children in the community by providing them access to their rights, strengthening and improving the existing Government schools to provide a better learning environment. Capacity building of Teaching faculty, Bal Sansad Members (Children’s Parliament) and School Management Committee members were undertaken in around 200 selected schools for bringing about better studying environment and improvement in quality learning. The issues covered under the program included; how to introduce novel concepts like “Mini library”, ensuring separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls, improving interior ambience of (decoration) of classrooms, promoting children’s participation in exhibitions held by the schools, observance of important days with various social and cultural activities etc. The “Process Documentation” exercise focussed on documenting the innovation and best practices in the Education Domain. Primary research included In-depth Interviews (IDIs), Key Informants Interviews (KIIs) and Focus Group Discussions with the stakeholders. Secondary research included the review of the project documents compiled under the project to understand the extent of the interventions in accomplishing the envisaged goals / objectives.

End-line Evaluation of Child Rights studies in three districts of Uttar Pradesh

The Child Rights Project was implemented by UNICEF in three districts of Uttar Pradesh –Jaunpur, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra with an aim to create a protective environment for children, with particular emphasis on their right to education and protection. The project was initiated in 2010 and was completed in the year 2014. At the end of the assignment, CMSR Consultants in association with GFK Mode, carried out the end-line assessment in order to measure the impact of the project on the target group. The tasks included research design, pre-testing of FGDs’ tools, submission of pre-testing report including the revised research instruments, identification and training of researchers, conducting in-depth discussions (IDIs) and FGDs.