Research Journey

n-a Binod Adhikari , 12th August,2020

"Until my secondary education, I was not familiar with research and exploration. I used to think that research 'Anusandhan' as a field of Natural scientists and it is only a process of invention and discovery."

I got little knowledge when I completed college. I studied a few field-based practical courses at college in which I had to collect data from the field and prepare the academic report but I was still unaware of the technicality and overall process of it. Enrolment at the University of Berge, Norway was my first platform to learn more about research. When I embarked on a particular research course at the university I knew the process of knowledge creation and the necessity of research in society. Being a student of social science, the contents of the study were based on human society and social entities that are different than the non-human entities. So the research track that I studied at the university was more oriented towards theoretical or qualitative research. Qualitative research has a different way of seeing reality and uses different forms of ideas, tools, and evidence than quantitative research. It assumes a socially constructed reality and is related to the study of qualities of entities, meaning, and process. The qualitative researchers taught me that the numbers and statistics used in quantitative research cannot represent human feelings, expressions, and values.

Joining at Daayitwa added more bricks on knowledge and processes of research since I and other fellows are doing evidence-based policy research in a close mentorship of senior research mentors. The concept of evidence-based policy research has become a popular developmental idea in the last couple of decades which refers to the idea that the policymaking process should be based on or informed by research evidence. This concept is initiated by developed countries and gradually being adopted by developing countries in the world. Daayitwa is also providing a platform to acquire evidence-based research skills because the fellows get a chance to learn as well as to conduct on their own research. Daayitwa arranged some research classes where we were taught by research professional and senior researchers. Although the numbers of classes were limited but they were valuable and full of knowledge. I am in the middle of the research process. Despite facing research-related and personal challenges, the process of research is moving ahead and I am hoping to get a certain level of output within the given time frame.

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