A Brief Introduction to PKSF’s Research Division
To effectively and appropriately design its way forward, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) acknowledges the need for action-based research works. Research division is engaged to help realizing the mission of PKSF by contributing insights and impulsion for efficient designing and redesigning different interventions of PKSF and evaluating the interventions for follow up action. Though earlier the research activities were done through a cell, in 2009 the cell has been transformed as a division. The Research Division of PKSF conducts its research activities in three ways:
- By its own staff
- Jointly with research and academic institutions home and abroad
- Through outsourcing
The research division of PKSF carries out cost-effective research using the vast network of its Partner Organizations (POs). It conducts baseline survey, impact evaluation of different projects/programmes, and special studies to find out the solutions to different problems emerged in Foundation’s programme and project activities. Since its inception PKSF has completed about hundred different research works. Important areas of research are microfinance, microenterprises, poverty alleviation, employment creation, livestock development, financial services, productivity, impact evaluation of different projects and programmes, etc.
PKSF’s research division offers need-based inputs for efficient designing and implementing its diverse activities. Apart from regular monitoring and research, PKSF has adopted a Results-based Monitoring (RBM) system to track the desired results of its different interventions.
Important areas of research are microfinance, microenterprises, poverty alleviation, employment creation, livestock development, financial services, productivity, impact evaluation of different projects and programmes, etc. Some of the notable research works conducted in recent years are as follows:
- Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Lives and Livelihoods of the Households in ENRICH and Non-ENRICH Unions of PKSF and their Resilience Capacity (2020)
- Baseline Study on Sustainable Livelihoods and Inclusive Development of the Bedey Community in Savar Upazila (2018)
- Demand Assessment for Bhetki and Rupchanda Hatchery Establishment in Coastal Region of Bangladesh (2018)
- Drop Out in the Microfinance Programmes: A Comparative Study on Ultra Poor Programme (UPP) and Programmed Initiatives for Monga Eradication (PRIME) (2017)
- Staff Drop Out from MFIs: Patterns, Causes and Consequences (2017)
- Credit Facility for Small-Scale Aquafarmers, Hatchery Operators and Feed Producers in Bangladesh (2016)
- Risks in Agricultural and Seasonal Credit: There Causes and Consequences in the Context of POs of PKSF (2015)
- Employment Creation through Microcredit Programmes Supported by PKSF and Others: The Cases of TMSS and JCF (2015)
- Graduation from Extreme Poverty: Evidence from Ultra Poor Programme and Programmed Initiatives for Monga Eradication (2014) etc.
Furthermore, the research division works as the focal point of PKSF to implement integrity strategy according to Government of Bangladesh’s Integrity Strategy. As a part of that, an integrity strategy has been formulated for PKSF and the division works in accord with that strategy. The division prepares annual integrity work plan, coordinates the implementation of integrity plan and prepares the progress report according to the work plan.