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.
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.
Abhirupa works closely with the research team to formulate sampling strategies, methodologies, undertakes coding research tools on data collection platforms, data cleaning, and analysis. Furthermore, she performs communication for market scoping exercises. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant to Prof Farzana Afridi, Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi Centre) where she assisted with field work conducting RCTs. She also worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Pami Dua, Director, Delhi School of Economics.
Abhirupa has a Master degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.
Researching on conspiracy theories
Conversations before Breakfast.
Arunima Ghoshal is an experienced qualitative researcher. She is currently involved in writing proposals, and working on various research projects. She has conducted qualitative fieldwork
in Madhya Pradesh.
Arunima has an M.Phil degree In Geography from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi. Her expertise lies in sectors of social and cultural geographies. She has undertaken extensive ethnographic field studies in rural
and urban Bengal. Her research work has explored aspects of urban/rural divide, public spaces, gender studies, and urban planning.
Conversations over coffee
Biryani with Aloo
Wet bathroom floors
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.
Being on time
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, M&E and capacity building assignments.
Her education background is varied, having studied for a Master of Science in Education from the University of Oxford, in addition to a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Delhi.
Tea before every task
Cameras pointed at her
Pratyush is involved in field management, designing field training material and executing field training exercises and workshops. Often on the field, he captures content on the ground including blogs, content from field staff operations.He also executes and conducts research/analysis and/or provides research assistance and works on developing partnerships, working on grants and challenges and represents the company in conferences and talks to learn and improvise on current methods.
Previously during his internship, he worked on a project on migration, that was jointly run by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai and Ambedkar University Delhi.
As the Project Associate, Apoorva is responsible for the implementation, management and coordination of projects. She also assists the business development team with outreach, communications and meeting clients. Her work involves getting proposals in order, putting the field plan in action, and following up with clients, field workers, and suppliers. Previously, Apoorva was employed with a leading non-profit organization Make a Difference (MAD), which works for the holistic development of children living in Shelter homes.
Apoorva has a Master’s degree in commerce from the University of Delhi and is a qualified CS professional.
Nayantara develops research proposals, prepares questionnaires, executes and conducts qualitative research, manages, plans and conducts fieldwork and applies for grants and challenges. She also works on developing new research ideas and undertakes communication for market scoping exercises.
Previously she interned at Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, Uttarakhand and conducted research on whether agri-horticultural practices are a step towards crop diversification and livelihood diversification. She has also conducted research in Madhya Pradesh exploring the changes in livelihood practices as a result of conservation-induced displacement.
Nayantara has a Masters’ degree in Development Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Strumming the same tune on her ukelele over and over again
Eating everything with lemon.
Cats, cats, and more cats.
Travelling in the white light, aka, 'hospital' metro
Waiting for videos to buffer on Youtube
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).
Aditi works on Outline India’s product ‘Track Your Metrics’. She is responsible for writing proposals and grants, developing content and strategy for product outreach, carrying out market scoping exercises, conducting relevant case studies with NGOs. She also undertakes marketing for the platform and application.
Previously she has worked at the Institute of Social Studies Trust where she was responsible for organizing policy forums on topical issues from a gender and economic lens. She conducted desk based research on the topics and prepared policy briefs post the discussion forums.
Aditi has a Master in Philosophy degree in Geography from University of Delhi.
A well brewed cup of Darjeeling tea on waking up in the morning
All things culinary
Waking up early on a winter morning
Creepy crawly creatures
Sukanya works closely with the founder on communication and coordination. She helps in project management and coordination with field staff and research team. She also works on translations, coordinates with vendors, drafts invoices and handles finances, HR account.
Sukanya has previously worked as a History Teacher in Jorhat.
Sukanya has a Masters Degree in History from the University of Delhi.
Looking at food pictures.
Popping bubble wraps.
People wearing strong perfumes or with body odour in the metro.
Super organized desktops.
Mahima Taneja is an experienced researcher with over 3 years of experience in mixed-method research design and evaluation projects. Mahima has worked in the capacity of the key researcher and project lead for multiple projects and evaluation studies at Outline India in sectors including gender, WASH, Adolescent SRH, education, infrastructure mapping and urban planning. She has undertaken and managed extensive fieldwork for projects based out of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi.
At Outline India, she is responsible for writing proposals, managing projects, conducting trainings and qualitative field work, writing reports and articles and guiding junior researchers.
She has an M.Phil from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.Her academic research critically explores the politics of gender, sexuality and safety discourse in urban spaces and policy debates through ethnographic field work.
Parle-G dipped in chai every morning.
Picking up pebbles from the river bed
Walking around Delhi
Over-dipped, soggy Parle-G, and chai without Parle-G
Raindrops on her hair
The sound of bristle broom on tar roads
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 providing 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.
Kashika is involved in research and development for Outline India’s new tech product (TYM). She is helping with designing the tool along with developing a user manual and further promoting the product. She is also assisting the team in NGO visits for initial handholding of the product which involves tool building, baseline/Endline impact assessments of the projects. She also conducts secondary research and drafts research proposals along with working on developing partnerships, grants and attending conferences and talks in order to help improvise the current system.
Kashika has previously done research internships in Hindustan times and Oval observer foundation respectively. She is a recent graduate from O.P Jindal Global University and has done a semester exchange in economic modules from Queen Mary, University of London.
Dimsums and Biryani
Naman is involved providing support to the Research team, field management, designing field training material and executing field training exercises and workshops. He also assists the operations team. Previously, he has worked as Consultant - Monitoring and Evaluation with SUTRA Consulting Pvt. Ltd where he was responsible for supporting in capacity building of surveyors, coordinating for survey and providing feedback, monitoring of data collection, data Management, compilation and editing.
Naman has done Master of Business Administration (Marketing and International Business) from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
Driving in the city
As a design consultant, Tulika handles the visual design for Outline India which could vary from branding collaterals to designing reports, infographic and illustrations for the various platforms. Previously, she has worked in print with ELLE India-a lifestyle and fashion magazine, a children’s magazine on Indian culture and a few independent projects.
Tulika has a Bachelors degree in Communication Design from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune.
Mountains, plants on the table
Sonal is the communications and outreach officer at Outline India. In this capacity, she is responsible for handling the company's media outreach strategy and the development and promotion of Outline India's product Track Your Metrics.
Sonal has previously worked with Ecosphere, Group M, Teamwork Arts, Flying Elephant Films and on TISS Mumbai's Field Action Project TANDA.
She has recently
completed her Masters in Development Communication from AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia
Islamia and holds a Bachelors Degree in Literature from Hindu College,
University of Delhi.
Playing with dogs
Anwesha is a Project Associate at Outline India. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is currently involved in writing proposals, formulating surveys, and helping with operations and human resources. She is a qualitative researcher. Her experience in research is varied, having worked in areas of displacement, resettlement and rehabilitation, urban development, WASH, livelihoods and agriculture. She has worked with Centre for Policy Research and Larsen and Toubro Limited in the past. She has conducted both quantitative and qualitative research in Maharashtra, West Bengal and Delhi.
Spending time in bookstores and libraries
Archana works closely with the “Track Your Metrics” team. She is involved in research and development for Outline India’s new tech product (TYM). She works on outreach, prepares questionnaires, and 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 under graduate degree in Sociology from Miranda House, Delhi University.
Dancing, traveling, singing
Exploring places and foods
Black coffee with ice
Waking up from a good sleep
Snakes and lizards
Tarun is the Director of Education Futures, UK, where he provides consultancy support for foundations and start-ups working in Early Childhood Education. He co-founded Social Solar, an off-grid solar power 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 start-up 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 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 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, diploma in Journalism and in 2012, she attended the Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioural Impact in Health & Social Health (IMC/COMBI), conducted by Steinhardt College, (NYU) & World Health Organization.
Nitya has 28 years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy, strategic planning, knowledge management, project planning in the development sector. He has served as the National Policy Head in 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 has worked with organisations like Centre for Science and Environment, Water Community, Solutions Exchange, Write Shop Infotech Private Limited, 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 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 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.
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