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Embedded and concurrent monitoring and evaluation framework for Disha, a project aiming at creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in India
2015 - 2018
IDF is partnering with the IKEA Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Xyntéo on Disha, a project to reach out to one million women in India. This, through multi-pronged interventions aimed at providing them training for jobs, starting enterprises, connecting women to supply chains and educating and counseling women and adolescent girls on job market opportunities. Disha is being implemented as a public-private partnership with active involvement of the private sector in identifying skill-areas relevant for them and leveraging this to channel funds from the government through various ongoing schemes. 
The project period will see IDF engaged in: a) creating the project’s concurrent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; b) process mapping and validation of pilot specific causal pathways vis a vis the initial theory of change (ITOC); c) setting up and maintaining an MIS (management information system) for concurrent M&E; d) conducting tracking studies to research the project’s effectiveness on women’s empowerment. 
Delivery of a conditional secondary school incentive programme for disadvantaged girls in Odisha
2013 - 2016
IDF, in collaboration with IPE Global and Mastek, is engaged as a research and M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) partner for a project titled ‘Delivery of a Conditional Secondary School Incentive Programme for Disadvantaged Girls in Odisha’. The programme was commissioned by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK Government, which is supporting the state Government of Odisha (GoO) to institute a conditional incentive programme targeted at SC (Scheduled Castes) and ST (Scheduled Tribes) girls with the purpose of getting more disadvantaged girls to enter and complete junior secondary school (classes 9 and 10). The programme called ‘Odisha Secondary School Girls Incentive Programme’ (OGIP) will run for 2013-2016. It aims to: a) enhance the transition of SC and ST girls from class 8 and 9 to 10; b) enhance the attendance rates of SC and ST girls in class 9 and 10; c) increase the graduation rates of SC and ST girls to higher secondary education (i.e. from class 10 to 11); d) promote improved community and household cultural norms and attitudes towards girls secondary education. IDF is responsible for the M&E of the programme, under which IDF is implementing experimental pilots for addressing learning shortcomings called 'Learning Hubs'. In addition, IDF is conducting a pilot on provision of safe transport for girls. 
SAM for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
2015 - 2016
IDF constructed a SAM for the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) for 2007-08. Now, the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) has commissioned IDF to construct the SAM for AP, as well as the newly formed state of Telangana for  the latest year for which data are available. Also, SAMs will be constructed for three regions of AP and two regions for Telangana separately. The impact of policy change will be estimated on various sectors of the economy of the two states, and different sections of the households, through multiplier analysis. In addition to construction of the SAMs, a study will be undertaken to work out the sector-wise Incremental Capital-Output ratios (ICOR) for the economy.
Study of Tara Akshar+ in Uttar Pradesh
IDF is assessing Development Alternatives’ programme titled Tara Akshar+ (TA+) running in three districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. An intensive computer enabled programme, TA+ aims to make unlettered women functionally literate in 56 days. It is followed by a six-month-long post literacy programme called the Gyan Choupali (GC) which enables TA+ graduates practice literacy in their daily lives and provides them with skills based on their needs. 
Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, IDF is assessing TA+ and GC for their impact on learning, retention, women’s autonomy and the community at large. IDF is also studying these programmes towards identifying the successes and challenges in their design, implementation and monitoring, such that recommendations may be made for their scale-up . 
Joint MFS II evaluations of development interventions funded by the Dutch government
2012 - 2015
IDF, along with the University of Groningen and the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands, conducted an evaluation for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (WOTRO) between 2012 and 2014. The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of development interventions funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Dutch Co-Financing Agencies to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in India. The 32 CSOs that were assessed are spread across 11 Indian states and work on a wide range of issues including Education, Health, Gender, Economy, Poverty, Livelihood, Agriculture and Human Rights among others. The assessment used a mixed-methods approach, involving both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The validation of the findings was done through triangulation of information. The evaluation comprised a baseline assessment in 2012 and an end line assessment in 2014. The assessments were conducted in three categories of priority result areas as defined by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 1) achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and themes (10 projects); 2) capacity development of CSOs (12 CSOs); 3) efforts to strengthen civil society (10 CSOs).
Theory of Change (ToC) and performance indicators approach for ‘Creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in India’
IDF is supporting an innovative collaboration led by the IKEA Foundation, UNDP India and Xynteo, to create a Theory of Change (ToC) and an M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) framework for a project titled ‘Creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in India’. The project aims to provide opportunities for the economic empowerment of 1,000,000 women by 2017 through a combination of job placement, entrepreneurial activity, skilling and education. Another goal of the programme is to create and test a new model of public-private partnership which can have a scalable and transformational impact. As part of IDF’s deliverables, a ToC and an M&E framework was submitted.
Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI): Export coaching programme in India
Sponsored by Government of The Netherlands, this project had IDF conducting a qualitative impact evaluation of the Export Coaching Programmes (ECP) implemented in India by the Dutch Ministry’s Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) between 2005 and 2012. The impact evaluation involved interviews with small-scale entrepreneurs in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The overall experience of the interviewed entrepreneurs was documented and the possibility of success and improvement, analysed and recommended.
Evaluation of Swaayam, an IKEA-UNDP initiative on integrated (social, political and economic) approach to women’s empowerment
2013 - 2014
The IKEA Foundation’s initiative Swaayam engaged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), through UNDP, to carry out economic, political and social empowerment related programmes between 2000 and 2013. The initiative mobilised over 50,000 women into 4000 SHGs in 500 villages in the Jaunpur, Mirzapur and Sant Ravidas Nagar districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. IDF’s role was to develop a rigorous evaluation design with a robust methodology for the impact evaluation of these interventions by establishing appropriate treatment and comparison groups. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies were then used to assess the effectiveness of the strategies and interventions employed in addressing the issues of child rights and women’s empowerment in the project area; and finally, IDF forwarded recommendations for both UNDP and IKEA Foundation.
Analysis of Competition Commission of India (CCI) cases
2012 - 2014
As a part of their capacity building initiative, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) commissioned IDF to set up a dedicated research unit (DRU) for this project. The project had two components: a) undertaking extensive economic survey literature on key topics of relevance to the Commission; b) providing case-specific assistance through specialised economic research. This included looking at best practices in the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) with respect to the issues/cases involved, looking at the economics of the issues/cases using theories and tools rendered by the Industrial Organisation (IO) branch of economics and identifying the data applications (data requirements, tools and techniques) for specific cases, wherever required by the Commission. The results obtained through the research were conveyed in the form of meaningful reports, primers and presentations to the Commission.
Impact evaluation of the Vikalp skill voucher programme
IDF is carrying out an impact evaluation of a skill vouchers programme called Vikalp, implemented by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) and sponsored by National Skill Development Council (NSDC), Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF). The programme was launched in December 2013. Under this programme, SC (Scheduled Caste) students, in Mumbai and Pune, are given vouchers which enable them to undertake skill-based training in an empanelled set of institutes. The vouchers subsidise the training costs and the participants have to pay a co-funding amount of 10 per cent of the training fees or Rs 2500, whichever is less. IDF has already submitted two reports for this project.
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