Projects with data sets

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).

Employment and Learning pathways of Learnership participants in the NSDS phase II (ELL)
In 2006 the Department of Labour (DoL) requested that the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertake a study that evaluated the effectiveness of learnerships in terms of internal efficiency and the labour market outcomes of learnership participants.
Engaging very young adolescents in improving sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of national health system reform: Learners' survey (SRH) 2017 - Gert Sibande district, Mpumalanga

This quantitative survey describes the knowledge and beliefs of young male and female adolescents (aged 10-14 years) about their sexual development, puberty and their transition into adolescence

Evaluating an Incentivised Behaviour Change Intervention (IBCI)
The Evaluating an Incentivised Behaviour Change Intervention (IBCI 2018-2019) project is an intervention evaluation to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the CPC intervention programme in improving behavioural outcomes in a sample of young women aged 19-24 years old. The objectives were firstly to measure whether exposure to and participation in CPC intervention is associated with reduction in HIV risk behaviour among young women aged 19-24 years and secondly to measure whether exposure to and participation in CPC intervention will lead to increased uptake of SRH services among young women aged 19-24 years.
Evaluation of Access to Justice and Promotion of Constitutional Rights Programme (AJPCR) 2016 - South Africa
The AJPCR, aimed to strengthen democracy by improving access to justice and promoting constitutional rights in South Africa, involving Civil Society Organisations at national and sub-national level. The involved stakeholders to make an independent assessment of the performance of the Programme; identify key lessons learned; identify the value add of the Programme; identify challenges; propose practical recommendations.
Framework for the development of an annual development report for the National Development Agency 2013 (FDADR)
This is a qualitative study which conducted a total of 5 in-depth interviews. Organisations have been selected as respondents based on their experience and knowledge of development work in South Africa.
Gauteng State of the Youth (GSY)
The Gauteng State of the Youth study draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods to assist the Gauteng Office of the Premier in generating data for identifying key areas and policy interventions to promote youth development and empowerment strategies.
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 for Inclusive Development (IID) Policy Seminars and the Government Cluster Policy Workshops (GCPWs) Series 2016-17

The Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) Policy Seminars and the Government Cluster Policy Workshops (GCPWs) Series is a collaboration between the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in terms of which DST has contracted the HSRC to implement IID Seminars and GCPWs for a three-year period from 2015/16 to 2017/18. The IID Seminars emerged out of a concern that, despite various pilots, demonstration and technology transfer initiatives, there are still challenges faced by the introduction and integration of STI-based interventions to effectively and efficiently support the achievement of inclusive development.

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).