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COVID Vaccination, Appropriate Behaviour and Access to Social Protection among Marginalized Communities in India: Mid-term Assessment UNICEF,2022

Post emergence of COVID-19 pandemic, CMS as a long term research partner to UNICEF, under Humanitarian Programme, is regularly providing technical expertise for research and analysis of behavioural insights on COVID related communication undertaken by UNICEF India. Further to enhance the capacity of local youth to undertake research surveys, CMS engaged more than 120 female and male volunteers of Praxis NGO network partners across 11 states to capture data and information from the rural locations, primarily inhabited by the marginalised communities namely, dalits, adivasis, denotified tribes, and minorities. The team members were oriented using virtual platforms to conduct CAPI based survey using a multi-lingual survey instrument. As a way forward the findings and key takeaways were shared with UNICEF team at national and state offices for communication and advocacy with respective state functionaries. A baseline round in 2021 followed by a midterm round in 2022 was conducted.