|A baseline Patient Satisfaction Survey in 266 clinics in South Africa (EC-PSS)
The Eastern Cape Department of Health commissioned the HSRC for a patient satisfaction survey (PSS) to assess patient perceptions, expectations and satisfaction. The aim was to conduct a PSS in three health districts. This was conducted as a descriptive study with a purposive sample of clinics. The survey utilised instruments to identify issues for quality improvement initiatives.
|A longitudinal view of unemployment in South Africa (UNEMPL)
Global unemployment has risen in the past few years. Spatial data are required to address the problem effectively. South African unemployment literature focused mostly at a national level of spatial analysis. Some literature refers to spatial aspects that affect unemployment trends, but does not assign a location, e.g. a suburb or municipality.
The research was conducted to obtain an understanding of geographical unemployment changes over time. The objectives were to provide an overview of South African unemployment spatial data sets, assess the usefulness of unemployment data for the geographical analysis of unemployment and recommend data sets that should be used for the spatial analysis of unemployment.
|Adaptation to the Western Cape drought of 2016-18 (WCD)
This case study determined the methods by which households, businesses and organisations adapted their behaviour in respect of water consumption, and their views and perceptions about the way the disaster was managed by the authorities.
|African Early Child Development Assessment Resource (ECDRES) 2007
This Resource is based on a desk review of psychometric instruments used to assess the development and functioning of young children on the African continent.
|Agrarian Reform and rural poverty reduction (AR)
Phase one of the project 'Agrarian Reform and Poverty Reduction' produced a comprehensive status report on this topic, including a review of the conceptual approaches and methodological best practices to guide further empirical research. This desktop synthesis of the literature identified prominent mechanisms or pathways through which reforms are likely to interact with poverty and to define meaningful indicators of human well-being as measures of impacts. These pathways are: household food security, employment, agro-food markets and social service delivery. Along each pathway, institutional arrangements play a critical role and it therefore served as a cross-cutter.
|An outcomes evaluation of the NDC fruit processors factory in Nkowankowa, greater Tzaneen, Limpopo province (NDC) 2016
This study is an evaluation of the socio-economic spillovers of the introduction of a fruit processing factory in Tzaneen that was carried out between February and March 2016 in Nkowankowa, Tzaneen. The factory was setup to provide alternative income streams to local entrepreneurs and the community in order to reduce poverty and increase overall well-being of the local population.
The evaluation produced two data sets, one based on suppliers' experiences and the other based on households' experiences.
|Assessment of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the South African health system (HAIHS)
Given the overall impact of HIV/AIDS on South African society, and the need to make policies on the management of those living with the disease, it was important that studies were undertaken to provide data on the impact on the health system. This study was undertaken by the HSRC in collaboration with the national School of Public Health (NSPH) at the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA) and the Medical research council (MRC). It was commissioned by the National Department of Health to assess the impact of HIV/AIDS on the health system and to understand its progressive impact over time.
|Assessment of the mental health impact on children of having a parent die of AIDS (MHO)
This data set was developed out of a small methodological component of a larger study. The aims of the larger study were to assess the performance of the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to predict Emotional behavioural disorders (EBD) in Sesotho 7-11 year olds as determined by the National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Investigative Schedule for Children 4th Edition (NIMH DISC-IV) and clinician diagnosis, and (b) To ascertain the expert opinions of Sesotho schoolteachers regarding the utility value of the SDQ for use in schools. To use the multi-method, multiple informant information collected in Specific aim 1 to investigate the association between (a) orphan type (paternal, maternal, double, and non-orphan) and EBD and (b) orphan status (orphan by AIDS, orphan by other means, non-orphan) and EBD and factors that may mediate these relationships (poverty and caregiver Substance use disorder (SUD)).
|Audit of technological initiatives for rural development (DRDLR)
The HSRC lead a consortium of researchers that undertook a scoping study on the use of technologies for local development at these 8 rural development sites. A key focus was to consider the economic, social and environmental appropriateness of the technologies used. A total of 113 activities identified that used technologies, 64 of these were projects, 27 were local initiatives or enterprises, and 22 were indigenous knowledge practices.
|Civil Society Organisations' engagement in the Millennium Development Goal processes in South Africa 2013 (CSO-MDG)
The objective of this study was to assess the extent and nature of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) engagement in Millennium Development Goal (MDG) processes in South Africa and to identify gaps and challenges in strengthening CSO engagement towards accelerating progress towards meeting MDG targets.
|Collaborative HIV/AIDS and Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP)
The primary aim of CHAMP was to apply a community collaborative partnership model to the adaptation, implementation and evaluation of a family- and community-based HIV preventive intervention that targets pre- and early adolescents in South Africa.
A group of 479 pre-adolescents between the ages of 9 to 11 and their caregivers (n=478) (parents/ guardians) were randomized to an experimental condition (treatment group) and a control group (no treatment group). An adult was defined as an adult caregiver over the age of 18 years that fulfills parenting responsibilities.
|Community and National Readiness for Child Maltreatment Prevention in South Africa: Developing national capacity for policy implementation (RAP-CM)
The overall aim of the project is to develop a single instrument to measure child maltreatment prevention readiness and apply it in six low- and middle-income countries, including South Africa, at the national, sub-national (e.g. state or provincial) and community levels.
|Constitutional Justice Project: Assessment of the impact of decisions of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal on the transformation of society (CJP) 2013-15
In 2013 the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development commissioned the HSRC in partnership with the University of Fort Hare for a research project under the title: Assessment of the impact of decisions of the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal on the transformation of society. The project was subsequently titled Constitutional Justice Project. In this project an in-depth legal analysis of the jurisprudence of the apex courts was complemented with a strong empirical component that sought to investigate the broader impact of these court decisions on South African society, as well as the extent to which South Africa's highest courts are accessible.
|Early Childhood Development Forums - Telling the Good Story: Networking to successfully enhance outcomes for young children (ECDF)
Forums in South Africa are critical in active citizen engagement in South Africa. The history of the country gave birth to community forums as they were used to mobilise resistance against the apartheid government. In KwaZulu-Natal Early Childhood Development (ECD) forums are common in various communities. The focus of this study is on ECD forums which are supported by Save the Children South Africa (SCSA).
|Early Childhood Development Programming in the City of Johannesburg: From measurement to action (ECDP) 2014
There is a body of evidence which recognizes the importance of investing in early childhood development (ECD) for human health, wellbeing and productivity (NPC Diagnostic Overview Report, 2011). By the time young children reach five years of age they should be healthy and well nourished, physically fit, securely attached to caregivers and able to communicate and interact positively with caregivers and other consistent adults in their lives.
Research suggests that the presence of promotive factors in the care environment can make a difference in the life of a child. Access to quality early childhood development (ECD) interventions, particularly targeting children from disadvantaged communities can prevent or offset potential negative impacts on a child's cognitive and social development. This makes an investment in ECD a key responsibility for government and not a luxury nor a privilege, which can yield lifetime benefits for children and society (NDP Diagnostic Overview Report, 2011).