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Intellectual property rights and India’s innovation landscape
2016 - 2019
Funded by a grant from Qualcomm Inc., IDF is engaged with a research project to study the intellectual property regime in India and its comparison with other emerging economies, particularly China. The scope of the project includes all innovative activity and not just patents and copyrights. Towards this end IDF will produce academic papers, policy briefs and organise workshops and conferences with relevant stakeholders.
Digital preparedness of small and medium businesses in Maharashtra, India
2017 - 2018
IDF in partnership with Carnegie India and Facebook is studying the use of digitisation in the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector in the districts of Maharashtra. Additionally, the project is creating a methodology to understand Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) at the district level. The objective is to provide insight into the use of technology by MSMEs. 
Impact of changes in the construction sector on the Indian economy: An analysis using SAM
IDF has been engaged by the Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) to prepare a Social Accounting Matrix for the cement sector. The objective is to estimate the impact of changes in the construction sector on the other sectors of the Indian economy, in particular the cement industry, and on different sections of the households using multiplier analysis
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 and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 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+, an adult literacy programme for women
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.
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