By Nayantara Nanda

Experiences from 'Evaluation 2018'

The theme of this year’s conference, Evaluation 2018 organised by the the American Evaluation Association was ‘Seeking Truth to Power’, a core belief that must be followed by evaluators. The conference recognizes the power of evaluation for nonprofits, foundations, governments and others in the social sector to understand what works and what doesn’t to improve their programs...

By Mahima Taneja

Using Drones for Research and Monitoring – Ethical, Safety and Accountability framework

Once the preserve of the military, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are now used in a wide range of industries, from aerial surveillance of crops to search and rescue operations to the delivery of medical supplies to remote or otherwise inaccessible regions...

By Isha Ray

The Importance of Audits in Social Interventions

India is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world in terms of language, culture, class, race and ethnicity. Formulating policy and tailoring interventions that are suited to the diverse needs of this country is a mammoth task. However, it is important to note that the problem essentially lies in ensuring that these interventions targeted towards social welfar...

By Anusha Iyer

Riding in a Man's World

13th September, 2016: As a child, whenever I tried lifting a heavy suit case or when I wanted to climb a tree or even when I volunteered to open the pickle jar for my grandmother; I have been told multiple times, “You cannot do this. You are not cut out for this job. You are not a man”. As I grew up, I met numerous women who questioned these gendered roles and worked towards...

By Isha Ray

Experiences of Community Mapping in Madhya Pradesh

India is the second largest producer of cotton in the world and farmers across the country use copious amounts of pesticides to ensure that the production of cotton remains consistent through the years. The harmful consequences of this have motivated a global adoption of organic farming techniques a...

By Abhirupa Das

Dhibra Chuna: A Story of Child Labor in Jharkhand

One of our recent studies involved exploring instances of child labor in Gawan, Jharkhkand. Our researchers were deployed to our base at Giridih for this study. Our site was a further 4 hour journey from our base. After a long journey through the dry and dusty roads of Jharkhand, we were nearing our sample villages and we could see fr...

By Mahima Taneja

One battle at a time

Field work is hard. Our typical day on the field starts at 6 a.m., because often, the village we have to visit for data collection is a 2-3 hours’ drive from the town centre where we stay. Rural India is largely an agrarian society with 70 percent of people living in rural areas and half of our workforce still engaged in agriculture (2011-12)....

By Arunima Ghoshal

To be or not to be: The challenge of defining data in connection to field experiences

In the quest to shed light on social issues and working to empower our clients through strong, reliable data, we at Outline India take on the challenge and search high and low to get meaningful data for various studies. Every journey into the field forces me to stretch my horizon of understanding this country and its people. The dramatic turn of th...

By Nayantara M. Nanda

What’s on your plate?

“We had a huge garden with mango trees and plum trees. Every morning at the crack of dawn we would go pluck a basket full of fruits to devour post lunch, sitting on our charpai in our backyard whilst enjoying the fresh breeze.”


By Tanvir Malik

What is a Pre-test? And why should I do it?

1st Feb, 2017: The foundation of good research is good data and the foundation of good data is asking the right questions in the right way.  

Most questionnaires are developed in by researchers far removed from the field. No matter how much experience a researcher has, their frame of reference is limited - there’s only so much you can read or imagine about a local cont...

By Apoorva Kohli

Demonetization : Good or Bad

23rd December, 2016: Demonetization has become this eras' one of the most vital affairs and will remain as one of the significant monetary occasions of our time. Its effect is being felt by every Indian as this step influences the economy’s liquidity side. Its impact will be in light of the fact that about 86% of cash available for use was suddenly termed useless with only a...

By Apoorva Bhatnagar

A Third Person Perspective

13th December, 2016 : If you had told me that the Sarpanch of a village was visiting our office, I’d immediately think of an old, hookah smoking man of Haryana who is ultra conservative and narrow minded – not concerned with the pressing issues in his village, but more with the village women covering their heads. But the Sarpanch of Bh...

By Anusha Iyer and Avneet Singh

Miles to go before we leap

1st August, 2016: India crossed a major milestone recently by completing 25 years of its existence as a liberalized, privatized and globalized economy. 52% of India’s population was born after the historic year of 1991 and thus grown up in an era of Cartoon Network instead of Doordarshan and used Palmolive instead of Vicco turmeric. Th...

By Anusha Iyer

Souvenirs of Research

30th July, 2016: When I decided to join the development sector a couple of years ago, I never thought that one of my first few stints would lead me to a government residential girls school in a village located in the most interior parts of a Naxalite-prone village in Bihar. Some lessons and skills in life...

By Prerna Mukharya

The fallacy of maps

21st July, 2016: Maps have been used historically to portray the world as a wholesome playground of countries, demarcating geographies, boundaries, size and distance. If we were to trace our way back to the time the first maps were drawn out, we would go as far back as 150 AD, combining geometry, math, sketching and some fabric. These...

By Aashay Tripathi


16th July, 2016: The British have shocked the financial, political and business establishment of the world by voting to leave (52%) the European Union in the important referendum of 23 June 2016. Briefly analysing the votes in the referendum, we see that while England and Wales opted to leave the EU, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the city of London were strongly in favor o...

By Nishmeet Singh

Data Curation

30th April, 2017: Data curation is defined as the active and ongoing management of data throughout its life cycle such that it can be reused by scholars and researchers. The process of data curation broadly involves managing, describing and preserving data. Long before the digital revolution of the 21st century, natural history museums and libraries were centers of scientifi...

By Padmini Ramesh

My Internship experience

15th December, 2015: Sitting in Ladakh, where communication is highly unpredictable, I was preparing my resume and Curriculum Vitae to be sent out to various companies and start-ups for my summer internship. That’s when I came to know about Outline India – (A startup working at the confluence of human resource, technology and data creating imp...


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