Orientation Programme for Baseline Survey

Orientation Programme for New BLF Project

On March 2 and 3, PHASE Nepal’s Core Projects Manager Raj Bahadur Shahi and Health Officer Sunita Bhattarai traveled to the Kashigaun and Kerauja VDCs of Gorkha to lead an orientation for conducting a baseline survey related to an upcoming PHASE project. This project will be funded by the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and will consist of community health, education and livelihood projects in these two VDCs.

Raj and Sunita’s primary goal for the visit was to help all interviewers to understand the pre-implementation questionnaires that will be used to assess the communities’ needs before the BLF project begins. They also explained techniques for successfully completing the surveys and interacting with community members. This programme was held at Hotel Green Valley in the Thumi VDC of Gorkha.

At first, the staff was supplied with the health, education and livelihood questionnaire for self-study. Once this was completed, Raj and Sunita conducted an orientation consisting of lectures, group discussions, demonstrations and role-play activities to aid the staff in their comprehension of the surveys. One technique demonstrated to the group was measuring MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference), which is used to assess children’s nutritional status.

Staff conducting a MUAC measurement during the demonstration

Staff conducting a MUAC measurement during the demonstration

By the conclusion of the orientation programme, Raj and Sunita were very pleased with the staff’s understanding of the baseline survey process. They agreed that the staff is now well prepared and can be expected to successfully collect the necessary information. A team leader was assigned for each of the two VDCs, and under their guidance, the first stages for the BLF project should run smoothly.

PHASE Nepal is very pleased that our UK funding partner PHASE Worldwide has established this collaboration with the Big Lottery Fund, a new donor, and will continue to post updates on our website as the programme progresses!