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Workshop Series on Engaging with Big Data IV – National Family Health Survey (NFHS) Online Workshop

Published on March 7, 2024


Event Date

May 4, 2024 6:30 pm (IST)

Event Venue

Online - Webinar

Course Description
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is a crucial component in shaping public health policies and programs in India, addressing various health challenges such as maternal and child mortality, infectious diseases, malnutrition, family planning, and reproductive rights. The NFHS workshop provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the survey’s objectives, methodologies, and significance in policy formulation and program planning. The workshop covers the evolution of the NFHS over time, including changes in survey methodologies and the incorporation of new health topics to address emerging challenges. Participants gain insights into how the NFHS contributes to gender-sensitive policy formulation and program planning in India. The course also includes practical training in data management and analysis using Stata software, empowering participants to initiate their own studies utilizing NFHS data.
Expectations and Goals
By the end of the course, participants will develop skills to understand and analyze NHFS data. The course is ideal for research scholars aiming to comprehend the Gender and Health SDGs Goals.
Workshop Objectives:

  1. Introduction of NFHS data and its structure
  2. Familiarization with STATA analysis software and its basic features
  3. Hands-on experiences with exercises using NFHS in line with requirements of
    scientific journal articles


Participants are expected to have a Personal Computer (PC) with stable internet connection. The participants are expected to install STATA software in advance and engage in the class actively.

Class Days, Times, Location

Classes will be held online during the dates 4, 5 and 11,12 May 2024. Schedule 6 PM – 7:30 PM.

Day 1: Introduction to NFHS

Day 2: Introduction to Stata using NFHS data. Understanding the structure of data.

Day 3: Replication of a study published using NFHS database.

Day 4: Assignment

Attendance/ Participation

Your attendance and active participation are an integral part of your learning experience in this course. Students are expected to attend class regularly. We will be taking attendance at each class. If students are not able to make it to class, please send an email to the course coordinator explaining your absence. It is expected that students will read all assigned readings prior to class. Students are encouraged to share their prior experiences with large scale data, if any, during class. We have designed the class to include a combination of large group presentations/discussions, and small group discussions and breakout sessions. The slides for the class will be available in the classroom at the end of the lectures.

About the Resource Person

Rinju is currently a doctoral student at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) at School of Health System Studies. She holds a M.A and MPhil form International Institute for Population Science (IIPS). Her research area is demography, gender, Maternal and child health.

Course Support

The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD) will provide technical support for the course. If you need help with installation and access to course materials, please contact the IIMAD Help Desk by email at info@iimad.org.

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S Irudaya Rajan

S Irudaya Rajan

Chair, IIMAD



Resource Person

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