Analytical framework, study design, and methodology

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Book Chapter


Elsevier Inc.

Place of Publication



Reddy, V.R. & Syme, G.


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Business




Originally published as: Syme, G.J., Reddy, V.R., Ahmed, S., Rao, K.V., Pevalic, P., Merritt, W. & Chiranjeevi, T. (2015). Analytical framework, study design, and methodology. In Reddy, V.R. & Syme, G.J. (Eds.), Integrated Assessment of scale impacts of watershed intervention. Amsterdam: Elsevier. Available here.


As most of the chapters in this book are based on the research that has adopted a clear analytical framework and scientific approach for assessing the water-shed impacts, it is necessary to illustrate the aims of this research, framework, and approach before going into the analytical details of these chapters. The objective of this research is to provide design inputs for sustainable watershed interventions that enhance livelihood outcomes. The multidisciplinary nature and the integrated approach include various methods and tools used in hydrogeological, biophysical, and socioeconomic methodologies. While the specific details of the methodologies used are discussed in their respective chapters, this chapter provides the overall framework of the hydrogeology modeling, biophysical modeling, and “sustainable livelihoods.” This chapter also provides the framework of the Bayesian network (BN) used for inte-grating these three aspects. Also, details such as the sampling design and profile of sample sites are also presented in this chapter. The study design and methods evolved out of preliminary workshops and consultations with stakeholders and the community who have experienced watershed development (WSD) in rainfed areas. The major goal of the research was to establish what the issues would be if WSD or integrated water resources management was shifted from a micro- to a meso-level application. In the following sections, we discuss the methods for each component together with its strengths and weaknesses.

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