|Gay men's parenthood choices (GMPC) 2015: An exploratory study
The focus of this research project is on planned same-gendered families and centres on the parenthood decisions (i.e., the choice of whether or not to be a father and associated decisions) of gay or bisexual identified men. This research focus is underpinned by the principle of reproductive justice. It is motivated by the marginal position that these men occupy both socially and in research on fatherhood and reproductive decision-making, especially in a South African context. More information is needed on gay and bisexual men in this regard, in order to advocate for their sexual and reproductive needs as well as to address the discrimination that they often face in relation to their pathways to parenthood.
|Gendered Dimensions of Farming Systems of small-scale livestock keepers (GDFS) 2014
This study forms part of a larger ARC (Agricultural Research Council) project, which is aimed at developing vaccines for use by small-scale rural livestock communities, as part of the ARC/ OVI's (Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute) efforts to help farmers improve primary animal healthcare practices, which (through the control of animal diseases) is considered a crucial link to improving overall household food security in rural livestock keeping communities. The study focused on 2 rural livestock-keeping communities along the Limpopo/ Mpumalanga border, in the areas of Marble Hall and Rhenosterkop (respectively).
|HIV and Alcohol Prevention in Schools (HAPS)
The project involves testing two successful prevention curricula, namely, Amazing Alternatives, which is a peer-focused alcohol prevention curriculum, and the modified Reducing the Risk curriculum, a skills-based HIV-prevention curriculum. The project, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, involves combined classroom and media intervention that are designed to be novel and participatory for those adolescents most likely to engage in sexual risk-taking and are effective in altering the number of crucial risk behaviours, including increasing likelihood of continued abstinence among those who have not yet had sex.
|HIV/AIDS in South African public schools: A survey of the health of educators (ELRC)
The study on the impact of HIV/AIDS on educators in South African public schools build on other studies conducted on HIV/AIDS epidemic. In response to HIV/AIDS resolutions of the education convention of 2002, this study sought for deeper understanding of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the education sector and effectiveness of policies and programmes in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. The process of planning for human resources in the teaching profession is crucial to the supply and demand of sufficiently qualified educator
Understanding of drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic for educators, direction the epidemic takes and precise impact it has on educators is essential. The HIV/AIDS epidemic complicated prediction of teacher attrition and mortality. For this reason, the South African Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) commissioned the HSRC-led consortium to undertake this study.
|HSRC Master sample (MS)
The HSRC compiles master samples in order to construct samples for various HSRC research studies. The 2005 HSRC Master sample was used for SABSSM 2008 and 2012, the SANHANES study in 2012 and adjacent EAs were used for SASAS 2007-2010 to obtain an understanding of geographical spread of HIV/AIDS, perceptions and attitudes of people and other health related studies over time
|Human and Social Dynamics Research Seminars (HSD-RS)
The Human and Social Dynamics Research Seminar Series is a collaboration between the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Human Science Research Council (HSRC). It forms part of a policy dialogue initiative including conferences, public lectures, colloquiums and seminars which consider policy options and foster evidence-based policy making. These events aim to enhance science engagement in South Africa, develop a critical public that actively engages and participates in the national discourse of the social sciences and technology to the benefit of society, as well as profile South African social sciences and science achievements domestically and internationally, demonstrating their contribution to national development and global science, thereby enhancing its public standing.
|Innovation Partnership for Rural Development Programme (IPRDP) 2017 Community Impact Assessment Round 1 (CIA1) - Four provinces in South Africa
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), through its Innovation Partnership for Rural Development Programme (IPRDP), contracted the Human Sciences Research Council (HRSC) to design, construct and implement a customised Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework to strengthen technology and innovation capabilities and learning within the targeted marginalised rural districts. The M&E framework specifically aims to assess the effects of the various technologies that have been developed and implemented in these targeted distressed municipalities by various institutions such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Water Research Commission, and various South African Universities. The technologies, whose objectives are to improve water, sanitation and energy in these marginalised rural districts, include the Corrective Action Request and Report System (CARRS), Point-of-use water filtration, pour flush, the Integrated Algae Ponding System, Water Safety Planning (WSP) and Wastewater Risk Abatement Plans (W2RAP).
|Integrated Planning, Development and Modelling (IPDM)
The IPDM questionnaire survey data is part of the IPDM/STEPSA project's spatial planning exercise, and was aimed at supplying detailed migration history data for 8 provinces (Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, KZN, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Free State), together with respondent data on household structure and economy, transport access and needs, and housing access and needs.
|Investigating barriers and facilitators to healthy behaviours among adolescents receiving mental health care (BFMHC) 2014
Children and adolescents receiving mental health care are a group of at-risk individuals that are often neglected in health promotion and disease prevention programmes. The objective of the research was to investigate current health behaviours and health environments among a sample of adolescents receiving mental health care in the Western Cape Province public hospital and their parents/guardians.
|Investigating employer interaction with the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) 2013
As part of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP), the HSRC undertook projects aimed at identifying data held by government departments that would be relevant and useful for skills planning.
One involved a high level audit of government databases that contain data on labour demand and supply. The latter LMIS' Data Audit project identified the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) database under the administration of the Department of Labour's Public Employment Services (PES) branch as having potential to yield valuable labour market information because it is positioned in the critical space where matching of demand and supply takes place in the labour market.
|Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of health workers working in maternal and child health care services (MIMMS) 2014-15
The project aimed to assess healthcare professionals' behaviour and related determinants; including knowledge, attitudes, social norms, and self-efficacy towards providing adequate and sufficient maternal and child healthcare services. The primary objective of MIMMS is to design, develop and implement a conceptually and methodologically robust study of changing social attitudes and values in South Africa. In meeting this objective, the HSRC intends to position itself so as to be able to carefully and consistently monitor and explain changes in attitudes amongst various socio-demographic groupings. It is intended that MIMMS will explore a wide range of value changes, including the distribution and shape of racial attitudes and aspirations, attitudes towards democratic and constitutional issues, and the redistribution of resources and power.
|Money, Politics and Transparency Campaign Finance Indicators Project (MPT) 2014
The MPT project assessed 54 countries on both their legal frameworks and the practical implementation in the realm of political finance across various categories, including monitoring and enforcement, disclosure and publication rules, and expenditure and contribution caps.
|National Research and Experimental Development (R&D) Survey
The National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D) is undertaken annually to monitor the country's investments in R&D. The survey presents annual statistics on the resources devoted to R&D in five sectors, namely, the government, business, not-for-profit, science councils and higher education. HSRC Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) is the principal custodian of the data on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
|Non-communicable disease screening and HIV testing and counselling in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (NCD) 2015
South Africa faces dual epidemics of HIV and non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs; hypertension, diabetes, obesity). Differentiated care for HIV, community health workers providing testing and linkage services in the community, has the potential to integrate NCD screening with community-based HIV testing, improve service delivery and avert leading causes of morbidity and mortality. However, characterization of prevalence of NCDs and integration with HIV linkage is limited; evidence from community-based HIV testing and counselling programs are required.
|Outcomes evaluation: SKILLZ Street Plus, a Grassroot Soccer initiative (SKILLZ) 2016
The study was an evaluation of a programme that combined girls' soccer with an educational curriculum that simultaneously tackled the issues of intimate partner choice, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention. The programme utilised a network of female soccer coaches to deliver the curriculum, mentor the girls and facilitate the soccer-based activities.