New ERA: development, research and training for change.
As one of the 1st non-governmental research agencies in Nepal, New ERA began in 1971 when a group of US educators decided to form an association with the aim of providing research support for the implementation of the New Education System Plan. New ERA has 2 strategies: 1) to develop itself as an independent educational research and development institution of Nepal, and 2) to serve as a support agency to foreign scholars and technical assistance programs. Most of the New ERA's research is conducted on contract from agencies that require research services but have limited research capabilities of their own. In developing and implementing a project, New ERA follows these steps; 1) framing objectives, 2) research methodology, 3) project implementation, and 4) reporting. New ERA has also developed a number of multi-disciplinary training programs for agencies involved in educational and other developmental activities in Nepal. The programs fall under the following categories: 1) training foreign advisory personnel, 2) training foreign volunteers, 3) training health care workers, 4) assessing training effectiveness, 5) designing and implementing training models, 6) preparing training materials, 7) semester abroad program development, 8) summer in Kathmandu, and 9) Bhaktapur Development Project. New ERA projects, past and present, are listed under 1) education, 2) agriculture, 3) rural development, 4) women in development, 5) population and family planning, 6) water supply, sanitation, and health, 7) forestry, 8) migration and resettlement, 9) human resources, 10) radio and communication, and 11) miscellaneous.