Testimonials of our Impact
Arghyam is partnering with an external agency, Catalyst Management Services (CMS), who will measure and evaluate the outcomes of the project. The survey has been designed quite elegantly; it’s a neat, tight set of questions focusing on usage. I was impressed with the way in which the FIs, young girls, were able to strike a rapport almost immediately with the respondents. At times when people didn’t understand the question, they were good at explaining the question to the respondent without leading them towards the answer. It’s a difficult yet important job really, going from house to house in the hot sun, asking the same questions over and over again, but they did it cheerfully and enthusiastically
- Radhika Viswanathan
We wanted to write to thank you for being such wonderful hosts during our short stay in Delhi, but more importantly for putting on such an excellent event today. The attendance alone was an incredible feat, and the active and passionate engagement of literally dozens of individuals learning about CEI for the first time was inspiring. Suparna and Vijay found the perfect balance of guiding conversation while leaving most of the talking for our participants to do -- this is a fantastic precedent to set as we build demand-driven networks.
- Molly Jamieson Eberhardt
It was a great learning experience for me where I learnt in a Good work environment. The organization made sure we were comfortable and well cared for in terms of our stay, which made working easier. The flexibility of working from home is a great concept which the organization is having. The best part of our internship was our Reporting Officer who helped me understand the work, plan it properly and we worked well as sounding boards to bounce of ideas which gave us a lot of clarity when it came to the processes and analyses part of the project.
- Isha Dash
The multi-staged recruitment process was extensive in the sense that it gave CMS a good understanding of how I could contribute to their endeavors and fit in the organizational structure. As a potential employee, it also gave me a good overview of how methodical CMS is in going about its job and the rigor I would be expected off at work. The three interviews that I had seemed to focus on particular aspects of me as an individual and a professional which in effect allowed me to look back at myself and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses.
- Lucien Chan
Learning is key for social development. Achieving impact requires us to learn from experiences, learn from established sciences, and learn from new applied sciences (like behavioural economics). Towards this, we bring the following strengths:
- We are a learning organisation with 20+ years of experience. Our sister organisations and our breadth of work provides us a 360 degree view of development.
- We work with the best in the field – partners and programmes, learning from them.
- We carry our own experiments into our field labs on a range of issues.
- We have collected a number of ideas, models, tools, approaches etc. over time, in a variety of subject areas and cataloged them for use for our partners (in their engagement).
We facilitate organisations and programmes to learn through:
- Designing and operationalising systems for learning and knowledge management
- Action research (design, implement, disseminate)
- Support reflection, documentation and dissemination, using learning lenses
- Synthesis – of research, experiences
- Research and evaluations (link to section 2)
Our learning framework
Some key examples of our work in this area:
- Communication for Development (C4D) is a cross cutting component of UNICEF programs in India. The program is led by the C4D Section in Delhi and has fifteen State programs in Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Telangana. UNICEF concluded its current country program cycle (2013-2017) in December 2017. UNICEF partnered with Catalyst Management Services to Identify and document results and learning emerging into a national level results document and development of state level cases for the 15 states.
- Partner in the Learning for Impact (L4I), the knowledge collaborative by USAID India Health office and their implementing partners, is facilitated by Swasti Health Catalyst and Catalyst Management Services, It provides insights and evidence to maximise the health impact of USAID health investments in India.
- Lessons on partnership and alliance building – Lessons learnt from the Market Based Partnerships in Health Programme, funded by USAID. Document distills learning from an insider’s view on how Abt Associates and its partners built, sustained and achieved results through partnerships and alliances.
- Knowledge Series on Family Planning Helplines – A study to assimilate learnings from helplines across the country, focussing on market-based partnerships that are sustainable.
- Understanding the dynamics of the traditional milk market, and facilitating actions for strengthening the sector (testing an action research methodology) for Capitalisation of Livestock Program Experiences in India (CALPI); project supported by the Swiss Development Corporation