Our Themes

Testimonials of our Impact

  • GAIN has worked with CMS since 2015 (until mid-2018) on our flagship programme, "Seeds of Prosperity" in India. CMS was part of the pilot and then scale-up of the programme as our research partner in two locations in India.The team brought deep insights from their assessments and evaluations for the global program which helped to strengthen our programme and improve the impact on our target population- the tea working community in India. The program received funding to be scaled up significantly. GAIN appreciated CMS very much for their dedication and excellent quality of work.

    - Dr. Bärbel Weiligmann

    Senior Advisor - Better nutrition. For farmers and workers

  • 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

    Gap Foundation

  • Our education portfolio is diverse, covering the spaces of education attainment and right to education, education for life and livelihoods, education governance and management, ICT, and innovations in education. We have worked across the entire cycle of early child-care, pre-primary, primary, secondary, supplementary, vocational, life-skills education, and workplace advancement.

    We conducted impact evaluations to provide evidence for decision making on scale and investment of education initiatives such as the Prajayatna and Nali Kali government projects in Karnataka, and Pratham-Vodafone’s ICT in education in urban and rural sites across their programme locations in India.


    Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio in India. As per the studies, among rural children of age 10, half could not read at a basic level, despite the high overall enrollment rate for primary education.


    We have conducted large scale concurrent evaluations, summative assessments, monitoring and action research. CMS led the impact evaluation of the Nali-Kali programme for government of Karnataka to understand the learning outcomes of the activity based learning programme. We anchored and supported implementation of the Centre for Education (CEI), for Results for Development (R4D) in India. These are just few examples of the vast work we have done in education in last two decades.

    We have also evaluated several early childhood programmes, and have assessed performances of residential schools for girls, and  teachers’ absenteeism, etc. Our hosting of the Centre for Education Innovations India hub gave us a 360 degree insight into innovative education initiatives. Through our engagement with the interesting projects of Agastya and Pratham Books, we have assessed curiosity of students for science and engagement of students with story books.