By conducting systematic reviews, we collate all the available evidence on a specific issue in order to provide the most complete and up-to-date answers to research questions. Our systematic reviews are routinely used to influence researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, and to interpret public health evidence specific to the South Asian region.
While quantitative methods form the backbone of public health research, venturing into newer research areas and finding explanations for sociocultural behaviours often requires qualitative methodology to effectively explore new territories. As public health is increasingly being viewed as a social science, there is a growing demand for qualitative techniques. Our Centre for Qualitative Methods (CQM) aims to meet this need by serving as a regional hub for capacity building in qualitative methods.
Our work influences policy and fosters sustainable policy change as a means to achieve long term goals. We evaluate existing public health and development policies for their effectiveness, develop research to implement change and involve decision-makers to introduce new policies.