The overall aim of research is to create new knowledge to address problems that people have been undergoing in particular geographic areas for years. Until research is done, the nature, pattern and magnitude of these problems remain unknown to those concerned; that’s why, they cannot take care of the problems. Research is considered a prerequisite for comprehensive development. Bangladesh aspires to establish comprehensive development, which means that everybody regardless of age, sex, religion, ethnicity and physical or mental disability will have equal opportunities to flourish. Every issue that may hamper the wellbeing and development individuals must be investigated carefully. However, research findings can be used for various purposes: program/intervention design, informed decision- making, evidence-based practice promotion and policy advocacy. CDA has full potentials to design and carry out applied and action research on various areas, and thus the organization wants to contribute toward comprehensive development in the country.


  • Endline Evaluation of Joyful Journey for Out-of-School Children & Youths for Quality Learning (JOYFUL) Project [Jan - Mar 2021]

The Centre for Development Action (CDA) conducted the endline evaluation of the “Joyful Journey for Out-of-School Children & Youths for Quality Learning (JOYFUL)” project using a mixed-methods approach from January 04 to 31 March, 2021. This project was implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in Itna and Mithamoin Upazilas under the Kishoreganj district with funding from Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) for 3.5 years (October 2017 to March 2021).
The project aimed to provide quality non-formal education to 4,400 out of school children (42,00 at primary and 240 at junior secondary levels), capacitate 1,530 youths aged 14-25 years through sports and cultural activities, life & livelihood skill, Community Resource Center (CRC) based ICT activities, and child rights & social awareness.

  • Sports participation and health-related quality of life among school-going adolescents in Dhaka City: A cross-sectional study [Mar - Aug 2020]

At present , lack of sports participation is common among school-going adolescents in Dhaka City. This study assessed the health-related quality of life of the class 8 to class 10 students with regard to sports participation. This study was carried out among 500 students with 375 male and 125 female from 10 high schools (6 Bengali medium and 4 English medium) from 01 March 2020 to 31 August 2020 with financial support from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh.

  • Smoke-free housing policy for multiunit housing complexes: Evidence from divisional cities of Bangladesh [Feb - Nov 2019]

This cross-sectional study was a tobacco control policy study conducted in seven divisional cities of Bangladesh from 1st February, 2019 to 30th November, 2019 with financial support from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA. The study aimed to generate evidence for formulating a smoke-free housing policy to protect multiunit housing residents from secondhand smoke exposure.

  • Prevalence of disabled workers due to work injuries and occupational diseases in the textile and leather sectors in Bangladesh [Feb - Nov 2019]

This study was a cross-sectional survey conducted among 1080 injured garments and leather sector workers in Dhaka and Gazipur districts from February to November 2019 in collaboration with the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) and with financial support from GIZ Bangladesh. The study aimed to identify the prevalence of disability among injured workers, estimate the disease burden and assess the health-related quality of life of the workers.

  • Pattern and magnitude of drug abuse among male and female adolescents in Dhaka City: A mixed method study [Jul - Dec 2019]

This rehabilitation centre-based study was conducted among 200 adolescent drug addicts in Dhaka City from 1st July, 2019 to 31st December, 2019. The study was funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh. The objective of this study was to determine the pattern and magnitude of drug abuse among male and female adolescents in the city.


  • Mental health status of COVID-19 survivors following recovery: A cross-sectional study in Dhaka City [Jan - Jun 2021]

This cross-sectional study uses a mixed methods approach and aims to assess the mental health status of survivors after COVID-19 recovery in Dhaka City. Quantitative data will be collected from a total of 384 COVID-19 survivors who have taken discharge from hospitals. The respondents will be recruited from the registers of 5 randomly selected hospitals in Dhaka City. For qualitative data, key informant interviews (KIIs) will be conducted with 8 psychiatrists/mental health experts. The study duration is 6 months, from January 2021 to June 2021. The study is funded by Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC).