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The New Design Process

Data Collection- Methodology and Schedules  

Location Profile


Household Profile


Support and Service Network


Location Profile

Methodology adopted

We initiated detailed information collection from randomly selected villages from one block each from each selected district. For the purpose of data collection, 28-45 habitations were randomly selected. The purpose was to landscape the local situation in terms of customer profile (Natural resource base, dependence on agriculture, livelihoods), support and service networks, and opportunities that could be further explored for relevant interventions design.

In the process of understanding the household livelihood status, we collected information on the food security status and the main source of income for their livelihood. The details of activities that women are specifically engaged in and the constraints faced by them during the course of their work were collected.. It was also relevant to collect information on the constraints faced by women in undertaking the activities to determine the type of support that would be required to overcome these constraints. Information on village infrastructure at these locations is critical for evaluating potential interventions and therefore collection of this information is very important.  So information on infrastructure such as electricity, transport, credit, marketing and communications were collected.

Three sets of group discussions interviews with men and women were held in each village to generate the information and the approximation from this data was compiled into MS-Access. This exercise was carried out to make the database more accurate and valid. There were also provisions in the database to incorporate general comments by the field investigator.


  1. Location:
  2. Name of the Investigator and Visit Date:
  3. Total Number of Households:






Minority Muslims

Minority Christians

Minority Others

Other Households

Total Number of HH











4. Dependence on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Details of Resources

Area in Hectares

Households possessing/benefiting from them

Canal Irrigated Agricultural Lands



Local Water body irrigated agricultural lands



Open Well Irrigated Agricultural land



Borewell Irrigated Agricultural Lands



Agricultural Dry lands



Common Grazing lands



Common Other lands



Forest Degraded lands



Forest Other lands



Water Bodies



5. Food Security and Livelihood Status of the Village:





Number of Households having atleast one labor



Number of Households having serious food shortages



Number of Households having not enough food



Number of Households having Just enough food



Number of Households having comfortable food



Number of Households who migrated in Distress



Number of Households involved in livestock activities



Number of Households involved in post harvest activities



Number of Households involved in other activities


6. Women Livelihood Profile:





Number of Women headed Households



Number of Women labourers



Number of Women involved in agriculture but not as labourers



Number of Women involved in Livestock Activities



Number of Women involved in Forest activities



Number of Women involved in post harvest activities



Number of Women involved in other activities



Number of Women migrated in Distress


7.Village Infrastructure:


Distance from the Village in km

Nearest Bus Stop


Nearest Telephone


Availability of the nearest Government Doctor


Availability of the nearest Private Doctor


Nearest Bank facility


Nearest Post Office


Nearest Primary School


Nearest High School


Nearest College


Nearest Public Internet


Distance of the village to the District Head Quarters


Distance of the village to the Block Head Quarters


8. What are the roles of men and women in Agriculture, Livestock, Forest Based Activities, fisheries, post harvest activities and other household activities?

9. What are the prevailing Wage rates for men and Women in their village and their respective hours of work?

10. Whether the Village/Habitation is aware of the existing Government Programmes like NREGS, SGSY, ICDS, Watersheds etc

11. Are there any local institutions existing in the Village/Habitation like SHGs/CIGs/Co-operatives/Federations?

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