Testimonials of our Impact
Arghyam partnered with Catalyst Management Services (CMS), who measured and evaluated 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
We partner with for-impact organisations and donors to design and execute use-focussed evaluations and research using rigorous and fit-for-purpose methodologies. We specialise in:
- Impact Evaluations
- Summative and Performance Evaluations
- Organisational assessments
- Exploratory Research and Formative evaluation
- Action research
- Case studies, Oral Histories, Video filming
- Literature reviews
- Sectoral studies
We believe in plurality of methodologies and have delivered quality impact evaluation through rigorous experimental, quasi-experimental designs, with mixed methods and participatory approaches as relevant, covering large sample sizes across multiple states. We have carried out over 100 project/ programme evaluations and organisational assessments, using methods and approach that helps communities and programme staff to reflect, assess, learn and apply strategies. We have developed many tools for programme evaluations, such as Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool, Balanced Scorecard, Sustainability Index, and also employ appropriate indices that are internationally recognised such as PPI (Progress out of Poverty Index) , MPI (Multidimensional Poverty Index), WIAE (Women in Agricultural Empowerment Index) Index. Our tools have been demonstrated in a variety of domains and issues, such as innovations in education, child rights, activity based learning, domestic violence, early marriage, productivity enhancement in crops, social exclusion, livestock improvement, community-led learning outcome initiatives, etc.
We bring the best of the multi-disciplinary experts in research and evaluations, from academic institutions and outside through existing partnerships to address key requirements for every engagement. We have partnered with experts from Stanford University, University of Reading, University of Oregon, Purdue University, Institute of Rural Management, Indian Statistical Institute, etc. We have high capabilities for data analysis— quantitative as well as qualitative, and we appropriately incorporate issues of gender, social inclusion, and environment in every engagement, to ensure that the the research and evaluations address issues comprehensively.
Some key examples of our work in this area:
- Impact evaluation using experimental design for Breakthrough’s innovative programme utilising mass and community media to address the issue of Early Marriage across three districts in Bihar and Jharkhand
- Performance Evaluation of the Global Component of ‘Innovative Ventures & Technologies for Development’ (INVENT) which focuses on south south learning through Indian technology innovations and its diffusion in other countries. The countries of focus here included Afghanistan, Myanmar, West Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uganda and Ethiopia
- Literature review of interventions facilitating smallholder farmers’ access to market in India using hierarchy of study design. The study aimed at understanding the current scenario of producer organisations, their barriers and enablers, the stakeholders in producer collectives and the market linkages (backward and forward) that exist and also to provide insights into the sustainability of the producer organisations as institutions
- Formative research to understand the effect of seasonality and agriculture on nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children under 5 and the household coping mechanisms in four districts in Madhya Pradesh