Centre for Lifelong Learning

"Evidence for Action: Certificate Course in Questionnaire Design, Statistics and Communication"

Registrations Open

Date and time: March 2, 2020 9:30AM - July 10, 2020 6:00PM

Venue: New Delhi (venue details will be shared closer to the date)

Evidence for Action: Certificate Course in Questionnaire Design, Statistics and Communication

About Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

The TISS is a multi-campus public funded research university in Mumbai, India. TISS is Asia’s oldest institute for professional social work education and was founded in 1936 in then Bombay Presidency of British India as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. In 1944, the institute was officially renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and in 1964, the Government of India declared TISS as Deemed University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956.

About Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL)

The CLL is an Independent Centre at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Centre for Lifelong Learning was established in 1981 as the Department of Extra Mural Studies and was renamed in 2006.

The CLL offers a vibrant learning environment for learners of all ages ranging from 18 to 81 years. It is supported by its own faculty, as well as from other Schools and Centres of the Institute and visiting faculty from across the best institutions in the country. Some of the significant adult learning programmes include Certificate, Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Skills, Diploma in Gerontology, ODL Diploma in Youth Leadership and Social Change & Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy and Certificate Programmes in Geriatric Care and in Oncological Care Giving. The diploma program is associated with the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

About ASER Centre

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is a nation-wide household survey that provides a snapshot of children’s schooling and learning for a representative sample of children across rural India. The survey is coordinated by ASER Centre, the research and assessment arm of Pratham and is facilitated by the Pratham network.

About the course

One big learning from conducting ASER over the years has been that ordinary people such as students, citizens’ groups, non-governmental organizations etc. have limited access to basic technical knowledge and skills of sampling, survey methodology or statistics. As a result, there is an acute shortage of people with the ability to generate and analyse evidence or to plan actions based on evidence.

To bridge this gap, this course has been designed for surveyors and field level researchers working largely at grass root level and engaging with communities, schools and government officials at block, district and state level. A significant part of their responsibility includes mobilizing partner institutions and field; conduct training workshops; conducting surveys; identify and understand key trends emerging from the data; and communicate evidence effectively to a wide range of stakeholders. Therefore, this course has been designed to address this need.

Main modules

The course includes three main modules:

  1. Questionnaire Design: In this module, participants will learn how to develop and implement research - from developing research questions and objectives to identifying the methodology best suited for the research; mapping domains of interest and developing tools.
  2. Statistics - This module is designed to learn application of descriptive statistics in explaining data. In this module, participants will use statistical tools like percentages, ratios, mean, median and mode to describe data.
  3. Communication - Communicating effectively, both verbal and non-verbal, is not only the foundation of everything that we do but is also one of the key 21st century workplace skills. This module focuses on two main aspects: a) simple techniques and skills to enhance workplace communication and b) a deeper understanding of self in order to productively engage with self and others at work.

Integrated Project

As a mandatory requirement of the course, participants are required to undertake a small-scale research study through primary data collection. The project presents participants the opportunity to combine key aspects and learning from all three modules. Through the project, participants will implement the full cycle of research project, which will include,

  • Identifying a topic and its research objectives,
  • Identifying the target audience, sample size and location for data collection,
  • Developing tools and questionnaire for data collection,
  • Collecting primary data and analysing it,
  • Presenting the findings through a presentation and formal report.

Course structure

The course takes places over 6 months and is split into 4 workshops (total 18 contact days).

Workshop 1 2nd-6th March 2020 5 days
Workshop 2 6th-10th April 2020 5 days
Workshop 3 4th-8th May 2020 5 days
Workshop 4 8th-10th July 2020 3 days


Credit points: 21 credit points, 495 hours





Field work and self-study

Questionnaire Design

3 credit, 45 hours

1 credit, 30 hours

3 credit, 90 hours


3 credit, 45 hours

1 credit, 30 hours

3 credit, 90 hours


3 credit, 45 hours

1 credit, 30 hours

3 credit, 90 hours


Method of instruction: Hindi and English

Who is it for?

Working professionals, including surveyors, researchers or anyone else whose primary role involves data collection, analysis, dissemination as well as training, planning and supervising research studies/surveys at state and district level.

Certificate: After successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded certificate, which is jointly certified by Tata Institute of Social Sciences and ASER Centre.

Course requirement

  1. Working knowledge of Hindi and English (with proficiency in at least one).
  2. Computer proficiency i.e. MS Office.
  3. Completions of all assignments, and project work.
  4. Minimum 80% class attendance.

Eligibility: A graduate (any subject) with at least 1 year of work experience.

Course fee: INR 30,000 plus 18% GST

Location : New Delhi (venue details will be shared closer to the date)

Last date for registration: 20th February 2020.




For registration and more information on the course, please write to:

Nandita Banerjee at nandita@asercentre.org

Prerna G. Chatterjee at prernagoel14@gmail.com