Institute for Frontier Studies (IFS) is an independent, non-partisan research institute registered in Nepal. IFS is established to contribute research and development efforts of the country through new paradigm of the ‘Frontier Knowledge’. We aim to bring forth evidence based frontier knowledge through empirical investigation of contemporary issues in the areas of Economics, Business and Social Sciences. It was registered in 29th of January, 2014 with Office of the Company Registrar, Lalitpur.
Institute of Frontier Studies (IFS) research approaches vary significantly depending on what is to be researched. We would adopt trans-disciplinary approach while critically engaging with the traditional interdisciplinary methodologies.
To achieve a deeper level of understanding we adopt pragmatic approach. We believe this method appears to be best suited for the research problem and not getting caught up in philosophical debates about which are the best approach. Pragmatic researchers therefore grant themselves the freedom to use any of the methods, techniques and procedures typically associated with quantitative or qualitative research. IFS also helps the researcher to use different techniques at the same time or one after the other. By focusing on the perspective of stakeholders and the context for application of scientific findings, pragmatic approaches can accelerate the integration of research, policy, and practice.
IFS promotes Positivist inquiry which is concerned with gaining knowledge in a world with a objective of using scientific methods of enquiry. IFS uses different methods include experiments and surveys where quantitative data is the norm. We assists researcher to use scientific method and language to investigate and write about experiences which keep the research free of the values, passions, politics and ideology of the researcher. IFS encourages positivist framework and analysis of the resultant data is generally achieved through the use of rigorous mathematical or statistical techniques.
Interpretive approach is inclined towards the collection of qualitative data and uses methods such as unstructured interviews and participant observation that provides this type of data. Interpretive research focuses on analytically disclosing those meaning-making practices, while showing how those practices configure to generate observable outcomes.IFS researchers understand the socially constructed nature of the world and realise that values and interests become part of the research process.