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Lecture 1: Developing a Research Proposal

WHO 1988, Health Systems Research Training Course . Joint WHO/DGIS/RTI Project on Health Systems Research. WHO Subregional Health Development Office. Harare, Zimbabwe.

Krathwohl, David R. 1988. How to Prepare a Research Proposal . Third Edition. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York.

Lecture 2: Identifying Measurable Variables & Specifying Their Relationships

Bongaarts J. 1978. A Framework for Analyzing the Proximate Determinants of Fertility. Population and Development Review 4:105-132.

Cronback LJ. 1951. Coefficient Alpha and the Internal Structure of Tests. Psychometrika 16:297-334.

Davis K, Blake J. 1956. Social Structure and Fertility: An Analytic Framework. Economic Development and Cultural Change 4:211-235.

Demographic and Health Surveys. 1994. Ten Years of DHS Surveys. Newsletter 6(2), 1994. Calverton, MD: DHS, Macro International Inc., 11785 Beltsville Drive, Suite 300, Calverton, MD 20705.

Gray R. 1991. Verbal Autopsy: Using Interview to Determine Causes of Death in Children. Occasional Paper No. 14. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public health, Institute for International Programs.

Labbok M, Krasovec K. 1990. Toward Consistency in Breastfeeding Definitions. Studies in Family Planning 21(4): 226-230.

Mavalankar D, Trivedi C, Gray R. 1991. Levels and Risk Factors for Perinatal Mortality in Ahmedabad, India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 69 (4): 435-442.

Mosley W., Chen L. 1984. An Analytic Framework for the Study of Child Survival in Developing Countries. Pages 25-45 in Child Survival: Strategies for Research, W. Mosley and L. Chen (eds). Population and Development Review , Supplement 10. National Statistics Office. 1993. Philippines National Safe Motherhood Survey, Manila. Calverton, MD: Macro International, Inc.

Spector P. 1992. Summated Rating Scale Construction, An Introduction , Beverly Hills, London, New Delhi: Sage Publication #82, p. 32.

Stanton C. 1996. An Investigation into the Use of Demographic Survey Data for the Study of Perinatal Mortality and Its Determinants. PhD theses, Department of Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD.

Stewart MK, Boerma JT, Van Ginneken JT. 1994. Assessment of the Quality of Data on Maternity Care in DHS Surveys. Pages 61-77 in Methodological Report #2 : An Assessment of the Quality of Health Data in DHS Surveys. Calverton, MD: Macro International, Inc.

Stewart M. Festin M., 1995. Validation Study of Women's Reporting and Recall of Major Obstetric Complications Treated at the Philippines General Hospital. International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 48, Supplement: S53-S66.

Lecture 3: Sampling Design Alternatives

Henderson R, Sundaresan T. 1992. Cluster Sampling to Assess Immunization Coverage: A review of Experience with a Simplified Sampling Method. Bulletin World Health Organization 60: 253-260.

Lemeshow S, Stroh G. 1988. Sampling Techniques for Evaluating Health Parameters in Developing Countries. Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID) working paper. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Reinke W. 1991. Applicability of Industrial Sampling Techniques to Epidemiologic Investigations: Examination of an Underutilized Resource. American Journal of Epidemiology 134 (10): 1222-1232.

Lecture 4: Issues in Quantitative Data Collection for Social & Behavioral Research

Ainsworth, Martha. 1986. Implementing of the LSS in the Field. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Arnold F. 1990. An Assessment of the Quality of Birth History Data in the DHS Surveys. Pages 83-109 in Methodological Report #1: An Assessment of DHS-1 Data Quality. Calverton, MD: DHS Institute for Resource Development/Macro Systems, Inc.

Atkin L. 1989. Psycho-Social Aspects of Data Collection. Pages 81-84 in Methodological Issues in Abortio Research, F. Coeytaux, et al (eds). Proceedings of a seminar presented under the Population Council's Robert H. Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health in collaboration with International Projects Assistance Services and the World Health Organization, December 12-13. New York: The Population Council.

Aziz KMA, Mosley WH. Historical Perspective and Methodology of the Matlab Project. In V Vauveau (ed) Matlab Women, Children, and Health . Bangladesh: ICDDR,B Special Publication No. 35, 1994.

Becker, S, Mahamud S. 1984. A Validation Study of Backward and forward Pregnancy Histories in Matlab, Bangladesh. World Fertility Surveys Scientific Report #52. Voorburg, Netherlands: International Statistical Institute.

Boerma JT (ed). 1992. Measurement of Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity and Health Care . Liege, Belgium: IUSSP, pp. 225-259.

De Silva WI. 1992. Response Reliability of Demographic Data: A Longitudinal Study in Sri Lanka. Journal of Biosocial Science 24 : 77-88.

Goldman N, Moreno L. Westoff C. 1989. Peru Experimental Survey: An Evaluation of Fertility and Child Health Information . Princeton, NJ: Office of Population Research of Princeton University, and Calverton, MD: DHS Institute for Resource Development/Macro Systems, Inc.

Grootaert, Christiaan. 1986. Measuring and Analyzing Levels of Living in Developing Countries: An Annotated Questionnaire. Living Standards Measurement Study Working Paper No. 24. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

Grosh MD, Glewwe. 1995. A Guide to Living Standards Measurement Study Surveys and Their Data Sets. LSMS Working Paper Number 120. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

Jemai H, Singh S. 1987. Questionnair design dor demographic events. Pages 129-147 in World Fertility Survey, An Assesment , J. Cleland and C. Scott (eds). Oxford University Press.

Langsten R, Hill K. Diarrheal disease, oral rehydration and childhood ortality in rural Egypt. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 40, 1995.

Osinski P. 1991. Child Characteristics, Diarrheal Episode Characteristics, and Mothers' Interpretations of Diarrheal Episodes as Determinants of the Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy in Rural and Urban Bangladesh. DrPH thesis, Department of International health, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD.

Lecture 5: Qualitative Methodology

Knodel, John. 1997. "A Case for Nonanthropological Qualitative Methods for Demographers," Population and Development Review 23(4): 847-853.

Yach, Derek. 1992. "The Use and Value of Qualitative Methods in Health Research in Developing Countries," Social Science and Medicine , 35(4):603-612.

Hudelson, P., T. Huanca, D. Charaly, V. Cirpa. 1995. "Ethnographic Studies of ARI in Bolivia and Their Use by the National ARI Programme," Social Science and Medicine , 41(12):1677-1683.

Dawson, S, L Manderson, and V.L. Tallo. 1993. "Analysis of the Results" in A Manual for the Use of Focus Groups. WHO Social and Economic Research (SER) UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). Boston, MA: International Nutrition Foundation for Developing Countries (INFDC), pp. 39-47.

Basch, Charles E. 1987. "Focus Group Interview: An Underutilized Research Technique for Improving Theory and Practice in Health Education," Health Education Quarterly 14(4):411-448.

Bryman, Alan and Robert G. Burgess. 1994. Analyzing Qualitative Data . London:Routledge.

Krueger, Richard A. 1994. Focus Groups: A Practical guide for Applied Research . Second Edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Riessman, Catherine K. 1993. Narrative Analysis . London: Sage Publications.

Silverman, David. 1993 . Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction . London: Sage Publications.

Whyte, William Foote. 1997. Creative Problem Solving in the Field . Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.

Lecture 6: Design and Analysis for Operations Research

Fisher A, Laing J, Stoeckel J. Handbook for Family Planning Operations Research Design. New York: The Population Council.

Varkevisser C. Pathmanathan I, Brownlee A. 1991. Designing and Conducting Health Systems Research Projects Vol. 2, Par 1: Proposal Development and Fieldwork. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre.