Workshop on Research Methodology and Statistics 28th to 30th March 2019

Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, MAHE conducted three days’ workshop on Research Methodology and Statistics from 28th March 2019 to 30th March, 2019 at CCEID, 5th Floor, Health Sciences Library Building, MAHE, Manipal.

April 04, 2019

The workshop was conducted as one of the activities of Pillar II - Excellence in Research of MCON under the guidance of Dr Baby S Nayak, Professor, MCON, Manipal. The three days’ workshop was coordinated by Dr. Melita Sheilini, Asst. Professor-Selection Grade, MCON, Manipal and Dr Binil V, Asst. Professor-Senior Scale, MCON, Manipal.

A total of 38 participants had registered which included 22 faculty members, 11 post graduate students and 5 PhD Scholars. Participants were from various disciplines, viz: Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Allied Health, Management, Pharmacology and Naturopathy from across the country.

Ten speakers, from across different disciplines, viz: Nursing, Medical, Allied Health and Statistics deliberated on various topics on three days. The sessions were very engaging and the participants were actively involved. The deliberations on three days gave a bird’s eye view of the various research methodologies and the statistics.
Dr. Shashidhara Y.N., Professor & Head, Department of Community Health Nursing, MCON Manipal took a session on ‘Literature Search’ at 8.30 am on the first day of the workshop. He highlighted on the purpose and the different databases which can be used for the literature search.

Following this, the programme was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr Poornima Baliga, Pro-Vice Chancellor-Faculty of Health Sciences, MAHE, Manipal. Dr. Poornima Baliga, in her speech, emphasized on the importance of research and motivated the participants to bring out quality publications with the quality research work by forming teams and inculcate the healthy research culture.

The second session of the day was on Writing Research Proposal by Dr Elsa Sanatombi Devi, Professor & Head, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, MCON, Manipal. The participants were sensitized about the purpose, components of a good research proposal and the art of writing effective research proposal.

Qualitative Research Design was dealt by Dr Mamatha S Pai, Professor & Head, Department of Child Health Nursing, MCON, Manipal. The topic highlighted on the characteristics, various approaches, steps in planning qualitative research, sampling, data collection and analysis in qualitative research.

The post lunch session began with a talk on Mixed Method Research Design by Dr Baby S Nayak, Professor, Department of Child Health Nursing, MCON, Manipal. The talk highlighted on the areas like purpose, study designs and the sampling in mixed method research.

The last session for the day was Sample Size Estimation by Dr Ravishankar N, Asst. Professor, Department of Statistics, MAHE, Manipal. The participants were made clear about the sample size estimation for various studies followed by the self-work given to the participants on sample size calculation.

Second Day of the workshop started with a talk on Quantitative Research Design by Dr Veena Kamath, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal. The session brought out highlights on the various study designs used in Quantitative research with the discussion of studies published using different study designs.

This was followed by Data Collection Techniques & Methods and Data Collection Instruments-Validity and Reliability by Dr Sonia R B D’souza, Professor, Department of OBG Nursing, MCON, Manipal. The sessions were lively with the work sessions on validity and reliability of the tools.

The last session for the day was on Ethics in Research by Dr Joseph Thomas, Professor, Department of Urology, KMC, Manipal. The session threw many questions on the areas of ethics with various illustrations on research work carried out and published articles.
The sessions for the 3rd day began with the half-day session on the use of SPSS including practice session by Dr Ravishankar N, Asst. Professor, Department of Statistics, MAHE, Manipal. It was purely a hand on experience on how to enter and handle data in SPSS software.
The post lunch session was on analysis and interpretation of data including test of significance by Dr Vasudeva Guddattu, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, MAHE, Manipal. The session sensitized the participants on various statistical tests and the interpretation of the statistical results.
The last session for the day was on Communicating Research Findings by Dr Abraham Samuel Babu, Asst. Professor-Senior Scale, Department of Physiotherapy, SOAHS, Manipal. The session highlighted on the myths about publishing, indexing, impact factor and the various ways of communicating research findings.
The three days’ workshop concluded with closing remarks by Dr.Anice George, Dean, MCON, Manipal and the certificates were distributed to the participants. MAHE awarded One credit for this workshop on Research methodology and Statistics. The participants conveyed that the workshop was very useful and they look forward for more of such workshops and practical sessions on literature search.