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