About Us


Outline India is a research and development consultancy firm providing strategic advisory services and policy support to international aid and donor bodies, NGOs and national and state governments.

We are committed to strengthening the design of programs and interventions by conducting needs assessments, formative research, monitoring and evaluation studies.In an environment where data is often missing or of poor quality, we specialize in procuring and analyzing high quality data from the ground level to ensurethat evidence-based conclusions are robust, relevant, and reliable.

 

Our Vision


The development sector is geared towards analysis and research. At Outline India, we take a step back and focus on improving the quality of data by making it representative of the targeted beneficiaries, reliable, and accurate.

We jump in from day zero, bringing robust datafrom the ground, informed by field insights, enabling our clients and partners to make observable and measurable impact. We believe that data is not just about numbers and figures; it needs conversations. So, we strive to bring to you data that tells you why the numbers look the way they do.

WHO WE ARE

Prerna Mukharya

Prerna Mukharya

Founder

Prerna does a little bit of everything. She likes data, research, and believes fieldwork builds character. She believes in the idea of independent, non-partisan research and hence our for-profit business model.

She has worked on over 60 evaluations spanning different sectors and has led Outline in its quest to 24 states, over 4000 villages in a span of 5 years.

She is currently focusing on developing TYM - the 'Track your metrics' platform and app– a concurrent assessment tool that will automate social audits and change the way we look at accountability across the developing world.

She is a 2018 Chevening fellow at Oxford University, a 2017 Raisina Fellow (awarded by the Ministry of External Affairs and ORF) and a 2016 Australia India Youth Dialogue Fellow. She was part of the prestigious 40 under 40 list released by Fortune magazine in 2017 and in 2018 for Outline India’s disruptive work with data.

She has previously worked at Centre for Policy Research and as an RA at Harvard University and briefly at NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research).

She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Boston University.

LIKES

Rajma Chawal

Being on time

DISLIKES

Unformatted documents

Sruti Mohanty

Sruti Mohanty

Manager

As Manager, Sruti works with both, the Business Development and Research teams at Outline India. She currently manages the bid writing process, develops content and strategy for business expansion in addition to supporting the research team for selected projects.

Sruti has extensive experience in the international development sector having previously worked in the Middle East as a development consultant. She has also undertaken several projects in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on themes of Education, Child Rights, and Gender for research, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building assignments.

Her education background is varied, having received a Master's degree of Science in Education from the University of Oxford in addition to a Master's degree of Arts in Sociology from the University of Delhi.

LIKES

Tea before every task

Travelling

DISLIKES

Birthdays

Cameras pointed at her

Aditya Gupta

Aditya Gupta

Legal Counsel

Aditya is the legal counsel at Outline India. He is a litigator practicing before various Courts and tribunals in India on commercial and personal law issues. Aditya also advises start-ups and early stage ventures and provides contractual, regulatory and IP solutions. He has worked extensively with companies in varied sectors such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, data collection and analysis, logistics, event management, e-commerce and the media industry.

He has a Masters degree in Law from Harvard University.

LIKES

Coffee

DISLIKES

Unformatted documents

Sukanya Dutta

Sukanya Dutta

Senior Project Associate

Sukanya works closely with the founder on communications and coordination. She helps in project management and coordination with the field staff and research team. She also works on translations, coordinates with vendors, drafts invoices and handles finances, and the HR account.

Sukanya has previously worked as a History Teacher in Jorhat and has a Masters Degree in History from the University of Delhi.

LIKES

Looking at food pictures.

Popping bubble wraps.

DISLIKES

People wearing strong perfumes or with body odour in the metro.

Super organized desktops.

Archana Shivan

Archana Shivan

Project Associate

Archana works closely with the “Track Your Metrics” team. She is involved in the research and development for Outline India’s new tech product (TYM). She works on outreach, prepares questionnaires, and provides research and analysis assistance for Outline India. She also executes, manages and plans fieldwork, develops partnerships and works on grants and challenges for TYM.

Archana has previously been a research intern for Indian Housing Federation, Assam Urban Development Department and the Town and Country Planning Department of Assam for the assessment of PMAY(U), putting together the Draft Assam Affordable Housing Policy and qualitative research on housing journeys of people in Assam. She also interned with Centre for Equity Studies, CRY, Pratham and Young Leaders for Active Citizenship where she conducted research, wrote policy briefs and memos and did fieldwork.

She has a Masters’ degree from Azim Premji University, Bangalore in Public Policy and Governance and an Undergraduate degree in Sociology from Miranda House, Delhi University.

LIKES

Dancing, traveling, singing

Exploring places and foods

Black coffee with ice

DISLIKES

Waking up from a good sleep

Snakes and lizards

Pulama Mukherjee

Pulama Mukherjee

Research Associate

Pulama manages field coordination, develops quantitative and qualitative research tools, monitors, validates and manages data. She also undertakes communications with consultants and develops research design.

Previously she interned with Jagori, Delhi and worked on the UN Safer cities project. She also did a research on half widows & enforced disability in Kashmir with JKCCS and APDP. She has earlier been a part of HCL Foundation working on the rural areas of Hardoi, UP. Later she worked with Indian PAC on policy implementation and governance in Bihar.

Pulama has a Bachelors’ degree in International Relations from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and a Masters’ degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from TISS, Guwahati.


LIKES

To travel solo

Macher jhol


DISLIKES

Waking up in the morning

Half-baked cakes

Himalaya Ahuja

Himalaya Ahuja

Research Associate

As a Research Associate at Outline India, Himalaya is currently involved in writing proposals, conducting qualitative research and managing fieldwork.

He has an MPhil in Development Practice from Ambedkar University, Delhi, and has undertaken Action Research in rural Madhya Pradesh.  His research work has explored the politics of infrastructure development in rural areas and the socioeconomic status of old cloth markets in Delhi.

Prior to this, he has interned on a project on migration that was jointly run by IGIDR, Mumbai and Ambedkar University, Delhi. He has also worked as a research associate on a project with the London School of Economics on access to public services in Delhi.


LIKES

Liverpool Football Club

Travelling

Green Tea

DISLIKES

Bland Food

Deepak Ji

Deepak Ji

Support Staff

Deepak Ji works diligently to keep the Outline India team well-fed by making delicious Maggi when we need some inspiration and various kinds of tea for when we need to be woken up.

LIKES

Cows

DISLIKES

Snakes

Making Cold Coffee

Pramod Ji

Pramod Ji

Support Staff

Pramod Ji ensures that our operations run efficiently by helping around the office.

LIKES

Butter Chicken

DISLIKES

Lizards

Kailash

Kailash

Administrative Officer

Kailash is responsible for managing the administrative and operational work at Outline India. He supports the research and business development team.

Kailash has a graduate degree in B.Com from Delhi University (SOL).


LIKES

Sketching

DISLIKES

Fighting

O Venkat Sai

O Venkat Sai

Research Associate

Venkat develops proposals and conducts qualitative and quantitative research analysis across thematics.

He has previously worked as an Associate Coordinator with Pravah where he built capacities of various stakeholders in the youth development space and has interned with the Centre for Policy Research where he worked on urban development and citizenship.

Venkat has a Master's degree in Development Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi.

LIKES

Mountains

Anything that has oranges in them

Everything Manchester United

DISLIKES

Mainstream Bollywood music

Taking selfies

Himanshi Sharma

Himanshi Sharma

Research Associate

Himanshi is a Research Associate at Outline India. She has previously worked with Nipman Foundation, where she was a Project Coordinator and supervised the Wheels for Life Project among other things.


Himanshi loves the field and has gained extensive field experience while interning with Transforming Rural India Foundation in Madhya Pradesh, Mazdoor Kisaan Shakti Sangathan in Rajasthan, and with Law and Policy Hub, Azim Premji University in Bangalore, and Janaagraha in Bangalore. During her internships, she has been involved in projects ranging from rural development to ease of doing business for small enterprises, and has designed and conducted research studies.


She has a Master’s in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University, a Bachelor’s in Economics from Miranda House.

LIKES

Beaches, Crime shows, Iced Tea

DISLIKES

Patriarchy, busy weekends

Sahana

Sahana

Brand & PR strategist

Sahana is a brand & PR strategist. She works closely with the media and shares story ideas, briefs on new developments and any new announcements. 

She has worked with major media houses in the past right from Midday, RedFM, Neo Cricket, UTV & Disney.

Sahana has done her Masters in International Business from India Institute of Export & Import Management.


LIKES

Eating, Watching Netflix & Amazon Prime, Listening to the same song again and again

DISLIKES

Bad odour

High pitch songs

High pitch talks (I don’t like competition)

Suparba Sil

Suparba Sil

Research Associate

Suparba has diverse experience in Qualitative Research, having worked in various evaluation and research projects in the Development Sector. She has previous experience in the areas of Mental health, Displacement and Rehabilitation, and Sexual and Reproductive health.

Her expertise lies in the areas of Qualitative Research Methodology. She has undertaken fieldwork in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar in India. Her fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh was under challenging circumstances entailing data collection in the refugee camps, during the aftermath of the Muzzafarnagar riots of 2013.

Suparba received a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics and an MPhil degree in Sociology from Jadavpur University.

LIKES

Traveling

Good Coffee

Artsy Rooftop Cafes

DISLIKES

People eating in the Metro

Fashion Faux-pas

Hitika Jain

Hitika Jain

UX/UI Designer

Hitika is a UI/UX Designer. She works closely with the TYM Team. She manages the designs and creatives for OI and TYM. Previously, she worked at Adaan Digital Solution as a Web Designer.

She has done her B-tech (Computer science) from DITM University.

LIKES

Travelling and exploring new places.
Watching movies and listening to music.
Chilling on weekends

DISLIKES

Arguments
Insects

Kuldeep Kumar

Kuldeep Kumar

Accounts Officer

Kuldeep is the accounts officer with Outline India. He manages the financial logistics of the organization so that things keep running smoothly. 

He previously worked as an accounts officer for Best Practice Washrooms. He completed his B. Com from Delhi University.

LIKES

Eating fish

DISLIKES

Selfies

Sukhna Sawhney

Sukhna is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies at the Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi. She has expansive experience as a trainer for researchers, for community outreach and for building volunteering programs. Her work extends to qualitative research approach and expertise lies in human development and childhood studies. Sukhna has previously worked with Centre for Civil Society, Institute of  Home Economics, Sesame Workshop India and with the National Institute of Public Cooperation & Child Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development, among other organisations. She is an experienced lecturer, having taught at the Institute of Home Economics and Lady Irwin College. She holds an MSc in Human Development and Childhood Studies and is pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Education Technology alongside work.

Tarun Varma

Tarun is the Director of Education Futures, UK, where he provides consultancy support for foundations and startups working in Early Childhood Education. He co-founded Social Solar, an off-grid solar power company for rural schools & communities in India. Tarun graduated with an MSc in Child Development and Education and MBA from the University of Oxford, where he was a Pershing Square Scholar. During his Masters, he helped scale up a chain of Montessori pre-schools in South Africa. He interned at Primo Toys, an award-winning early coding startup where he wrote their education strategy. Tarun is a former Teach for India fellow where he taught at a primary school in New Delhi. He is extremely interested in education, learning and its impact on people and has extensive research experience in the development sector. In 2014, he conducted a longitudinal study for an alternative school in New Delhi examining the influence of alternative education on students and their eventual career trajectories. He has also undertaken primary research in Odisha to analyse bottlenecks in creating livelihood opportunities. Tarun holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University where he scored the highest grade for his senior year thesis on Microfinance and Poverty Alleviation.

Anuragini Nagar

Anuragini comes with over 18 years of experience in the corporate as well as development sectors. She has experience in program designing and strategy, an ability to work with multiple stakeholders, partners and donor agencies to deliver high quality projects at scale. In the past few years, she has led projects specifically focused on understanding the impact of community-led behaviour change around sanitation and health issues. She has worked closely with content, design and research agencies, to design and deliver behaviour change models in several parts of the country. Anuragini holds a degree in History and a diploma in Journalism. In 2012, she attended the Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioural Impact in Health & Social Health (IMC/COMBI) conducted by  Steinhardt College (NYU) and the World Health Organization.  

Nitya Jacob

Nitya has 28 years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy, strategic planning, knowledge management and project planning in the development sector. He has served as the National Policy Head at Water Aid India where he was involved in developing the communications and branding strategy, research and writing on water, sanitation and hygiene, analysis of central and state policies and writing policy papers on safe sanitation, open defecation, hygiene, safe drinking water and district-wide approach to sanitation. Prior to working with Water Aid India, he had worked with organisations like Centre for Science and Environment, Water Community, Solutions Exchange, Write Shop Infotech Pvt. Ltd. and One World South Asia. Nitya also has over 10 years of experience in the media sector where he worked in various capacities ranging from reporter to producer to a special correspondent in big media houses like United Television, Business India Television, The Pioneer Newspaper, Down to Earth (a prestigious academic journal), Business Standard, and Financial Express.

Mousumi Sarkar

Mousumi comes on-board with more than 20 years of experience in designing methodologies and analysing quantitative and qualitative data to address complex socioeconomic and political issues. She has worked with associations, lobbyists, political campaigns, community groups and government agencies at the local, state, national and international levels to help them further their missions and reach their goals. She currently serves as an Expert for Outline India advising on methodological questions and issues. She also leads the Research and Innovation team at the Council for Professional Recognition, a U.S. based organization that credentials the early childhood education workforce. Mousumi served as Assistant Survey Director for Housing Surveys at the U.S. Census Bureau and led a variety of short and long-term research and evaluation efforts for a variety of issue-based and government organizations.

Shilpa Pandit

Shilpa has 23 years of cross-sectoral experience in social sector practice, research, and evaluation. She has served as an expert Monitoring and Evaluation person, and worked and consulted with several respected organizations and INGO’s such as IFMR, Hand in Hand, MSSRF, The Banyan, RGNIYD and UNICEF, UNDP etc. Her most recent work engagement was with the UNDP(India), where she was placed in the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for research and policy work on the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. As part of her MoRD work, Shilpa engaged with state line departments, relevant departments in the centre and with researchers and think tanks in India and abroad. Shilpa’s work with NGOs and other social sector organisations has focused on using research and evidence to advocate for the inclusion of the poor and marginalised, using large-scale data analysis as well as thick qualitative data and participatory work. In the last 10 years, in particular, she has worked on poverty, gender, health, nutrition, education, skill development, youth development, social accountability and livelihoods. She is a co-founder of Dreampath Foundation, an NGO which works with adolescents and youth on work, career and livelihoods. Academically, Shilpa has been deeply interested in Indian Psychology and culture and has mainted a connection with psychological and social science scholarship. Currently, she is working on multiple projects relating to nutrition, social accountability, psychoanalytic work of Sudhir Kakar and Indian Aesthetics.

Devahuti Choudhury

Devahuti comes onboard as a Monitoring & Evaluation and thematic expert with over 12 years of experience in the development sector, particularly in the financial services space where her work has focused on low income segments, especially women. She has previously worked with Grameen Foundation India as the Associate Director - Client Insights for Impact. She has also held various positions at International Finance Corporation (WBG), IntelleCash Microfinance Network Private Limited and Bharat Financial Inclusion. She has an extensive experience of leading projects pan-India for clients like Water.org, Cherie Blair Foundation, J.P. Morgan Philanthropy, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)  and DFID UK. She has also authored strategy notes on Financial Inclusion for the Bharati group and authored the section on Payments Banks in the State of the Sector report - Inclusive Finance 2018. Currently, Devahuti works as an independent consultant engaged with different for/non profit entities broadly in the strategy development, program design and M&E space.

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