Research Projects

Completed Projects

An Appraisal of Nalla samarayan ashram – By Research team at NSA

The appraisal is to check its credibility as a model psychosocial rehabilitation center which follows all rules and regulations and maintain its quality in all aspects of its functioning.

Type of research: Case study Appraisal of Institution
Sample: Study of only one institution, Nalla Samarayan Ashram: A psychosocial rehabilitation centre.
The existing tool joint appraisal team visit formats prepared by the Government of Kerala, is used for the evaluation of the psycho social centres in Kerala. The same scale is used for this study.

Out of 9 domains 3 domains scored 100 percent they are nos. 3. Experience, 4. Financial management no.8, land. Infrastructure and related facilities, 5 domains scored 80 percent and above

  • Governance
  • Rules and regulations of staff
  • Procurement
  • Planning, monitoring and reporting
  • Rehabilitation services

3 domains got full score, another 5 domains scored above 80 percent where one domain got only 70 percent. Experience, Financial management systems, land and infrastructure achieved full score. Experience of the institute is really very high and worth appreciating as a model. The experiences of the mother institute, ‘we care centre’ helps the NSA to run it efficiently. The total score for 9 domains comes to 160 out 0f 180 is 88.7%. The results reveal that NSA has the credibility as a model psycho-social rehabilitation center which follows all rules and regulations and maintain its quality in all aspects of its functioning.

Demographic data analysis and its implications By Research Team, NSA

We believe in evidence based information. Data has its own implications in the reliability of any research study. Demographic data is the basis of different types of research. In this study it has been planned to analyze the available demographic data in case files for the purpose of designing rehabilitation programmes for the women with mental health disorders residing at Nalla Samarayan Ashram – a psycho social rehabilitation center.

As we have the complete demographic data, we planned to have a thorough analysis of the demographic data to continue our study to improve the quality of life of the women who are staying in the ashram for years.

Type of research: Survey study
Population and sample: persons with Mental Health Disorders
The women with mental health disorders residing at Nalla amarayan Ashram,
All 113 persons staying at NSA have been selected as sample
Each client has an individual record with demographic data and medical report with diagnosis
The data needed for this study are collected from these records.

During analysis of clinical conditions it was found that there are 4 major types of conditions among them. Bipolar affective disorder, depression schizophrenia. And psychosis. Women with depression tops in number (41/113).This finding reveals the importance of the diagnosis in psychosocial rehabilitation

We know the needs are different for different age groups. The senior group is dominating in number. Separate wing for them is in the process
Group dynamics to create relationships in mixed as well as homogenous groups are very necessary.Due to long stay the new admissions should not be affected seriously. The impact of long stay on their overall life is to be studied systematically. According to the findings actions may be taken

The analysis of demographic data gives more insights in various aspects of age, clinical conditions, duration of stay, socio economic conditions, and location from where they come from and so on. The service providers can use this data for designing rehabilitation programs to improve the quality of service and the life of the inmates of NSA.

ONGOING projects

Transition into Employment of Persons with Intellectual Disability: Demonstration of a Model for Kerala

This project is aiming at the very important interconnected three aspects of a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program: vocational skills training leading to transition from school to successful placement and independent living of persons with intellectual disability.

• To design barrier free workstations for nearly selected 100 non-agricultural and agricultural trades suitable for persons with intellectual disability
• To prepare the curriculum for the selected trades to train the selected 70 persons with intellectual disability and print it in a book form which is not available
• To train the trainers to use the curriculum to train the persons with intellectual disability selected for this project
• To select the trainees and the suitable trade for each one of them and train at the specially prepared workstations by the trained trainers
• To evaluate their performance levels and certify
• To organize training programmes for parents and siblings to equip them with skills and attitudes to cope up with the situation
• To organize workshops/ seminars/ conferencesto disseminate information and promote advocacy
• To develop action research and impact studies in the area of vocational rehabilitation of persons intellectual disability

TVocational Curricula has been prepared
1. ‘Special Curriculum for Agro- based farming series 1
2. Special curriculum for non agricultural indoor activates 2
3. Special Curriculum for Animal farming series-3

The project provided direct services initially to 70 persons with ID: Currently centre-based, gradually it will be spread to home based and community based.
Demonstration of model services for persons with ID which can be replicated with/ without modification
Training and awareness materials
Greater awareness on ID and acceptance of persons with ID.
Trained personnel to work for the cause of rehabilitation of persons with ID.
During COVID 19, most of the trained persons with ID are helping their family in agricultural activities. Many parents reported it.

Effect of systematic vocational group activities on quality of life of women with mental health problems residing at Nalla Samarayan Ashram – By research team, (NSA)

This project is aiming at the very important interconnected three aspects of a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program: vocational skills training leading to transition from school to successful placement and independent living of persons with intellectual disability.

• To design barrier free workstations for nearly selected 100 non-agricultural and agricultural trades suitable for persons with intellectual disability
• To prepare the curriculum for the selected trades to train the selected 70 persons with intellectual disability and print it in a book form which is not available
• To train the trainers to use the curriculum to train the persons with intellectual disability selected for this project
• To select the trainees and the suitable trade for each one of them and train at the specially prepared workstations by the trained trainers
• To evaluate their performance levels and certify
• To organize training programmes for parents and siblings to equip them with skills and attitudes to cope up with the situation
• To organize workshops/ seminars/ conferencesto disseminate information and promote advocacy
• To develop action research and impact studies in the area of vocational rehabilitation of persons intellectual disability

TVocational Curricula has been prepared
1. ‘Special Curriculum for Agro- based farming series 1
2. Special curriculum for non agricultural indoor activates 2
3. Special Curriculum for Animal farming series-3

The project provided direct services initially to 70 persons with ID: Currently centre-based, gradually it will be spread to home based and community based.
Demonstration of model services for persons with ID which can be replicated with/ without modification
Training and awareness materials
Greater awareness on ID and acceptance of persons with ID.
Trained personnel to work for the cause of rehabilitation of persons with ID.
During COVID 19, most of the trained persons with ID are helping their family in agricultural activities. Many parents reported it.