Study Design


We create statistically rigorous study designs to meet your research requirements. Our end to end human-centered design approach puts the respondent at the center of each step of research.

We are experienced at developing statistically rigorous study designs which can be used to calculate effect size, test for significance, detect prevalence levels, prove causality and confirm correlation.


At the same time, we know the limits of adopting only quantitative or qualitative data methods. Our researchers use innovative mixed-methodsapproach to gain in-depth understanding of project context, track changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices, and understand the programme strengths. We seamlessly interweave these findings with hard numbers. At the same time, we keep an eye on the budget, economizing through use of data technology and balancing qualitative and quantitative elements without compromising on timelines and quality.


The result: Study designs that are efficient, comprehensive and useful.

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Data Collection


We provide clean data through thorough pre-testing, researcher involvement, bespoke trainings and smart monitoring.

During pre-testing of tools, the researchers accompany field workers to the data collection site where the designated field team meticulously asks questions through cognitive interviews. Researchers interview respondents, asking them their thoughts, if the choice of words makes sense and if the questions are relevant.

This knowledge is then used to create sophisticated, bespoke trainings that guide field workers through potential pitfalls in data collection. A list of inconsistencies and potential mistakes is consistently updated and used to monitor data.



The result: Relevant, accurate and clean data.


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Digital Data Collection


Collecting large volumes of data from challenging locations can be an expensive and cumbersome process. We use high tech solutions to get the job done in the most efficient way possible.

We use technology to gather large volumes of accurate and clean data from off-the-grid, remote and challenging areas. Digital data collection enables us to minimize the potential of human error, significantly reduces turnaround time and brings down data entry costs to nil.

We use smart phones, tablets and TAPI software to conduct surveys and interviews. Our high quality voice recordings and professional videos of data collection and field sites can be used for your advocacy purposes. We are pioneering the use of drones and remote sensing technology to explore the potential of geo-spatial data in social research.


The result : Timely, accurate data that is cost-efficient.

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Impact Assessment


We employ a mixed-methods approach and evidence-based procedures to conduct cross-sectoral impact evaluations

Technology is a crucial aide to gather inaccessible or unwieldy volumes of data, and it ensures that the data is clean and accurate. Because it’s already coded in our software, your data entry costs are reduced, and so is the turnaround time.


We conduct impact assessments for different intervention programmes for our clients and partners. In the pre-implementation stage, we conduct needs assessments and baseline evaluations to identify intervention areas. Once interventions go on ground, we undertake midline assessments and provide implementation and monitoring support. As part of impact evaluations, we carry out endline assessment studies.

The result : Improved interventions through high quality assessments.

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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning


It can be hard to make sense of the impact of an intervention, or understand its utility for the target stakeholders. We can help.

As specialists in monitoring and evaluation, we are skilled at identifying indicators that enhance accountability and efficacy, and enable course correction. We also conduct statistically robust RCTs and quasi-experimental study designs geared at measuring the efficacy of interventions.

Our evaluations don’t just measure, they seek to improve. Our monitoring and evaluation frameworks are designed with your target beneficiaries in mind, as we aspire to enhance social impact by providing clarity on the operation of your intervention. We’ll also work closely with you to understand what ‘success’ means to you, and build evaluations on your criteria.


The result: Enabling data to maximize your social impact.

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Proof that your work is making an impact.


It can be hard to make sense of the impact of an intervention, or understand its utility for the target beneficiaries. We can help. Learn more about how we use data for social impact

As specialists in monitoring and evaluation, we are skilled at identifying indicators that enhance accountability and efficacy, and enable course correction. We can also conduct statistically robust RCTs and quasi-experimental study designs geared at measuring the efficacy of interventions.


Our evaluations don’t just measure, they seek to improve. Our monitoring and evaluation frameworks are designed with your target beneficiaries in mind, as we aspire to enhance your social impact by providing clarity on the operation of your intervention. We’ll also work closely with you to understand what ‘success’ means to you, and build evaluations on your criteria. The result: Enabling data to maximize your social impact.

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Our Impact

As a social enterprise, we are committed to making an impact. Here's how:

Build Demand For Data


The development sector prides itself on evidence-driven decision making, but there’s little knowledge of what makes robust evidence. We are champions of good data, working to educate and build demand for robust evidence in this sector.
Here’s what we are doing:

  • Deriving and promoting a rubric for data quality.
  • Documenting our experiences and the lessons we have learnt from them through cautionary tales
  • Publishing and disseminating writings on data quality. See our publications
  • Build an environment to share learnings and critically reflect upon challenges in data collection, M&E, and social sector research by holding a data conference

Improve Interventions


Our clients work hard to make an impact and improve the lives of those they intend to help. We work to empower our clients through strong, reliable data and astute analysis that doesn’t just capture their impact but also sheds lights on the contexts they work in.
Here’s what we are doing:

Field Capacity Building


The foundation of research is the demanding work done by our field workers who spend countless hours in remote, sometimes hostile areas. We believe in giving back by building the skills of our field workers and giving them opportunities.
Here’s what we are doing:

  • Building strong and diverse teams of field workers with contextual, regional as well as research familiarity by teaching them the basics of research and giving marginalized groups like women opportunities for research. Read more about our wonderful field team at field.
  • Systemizing the inclusion of enumerator perceptions in research findings.
  • Updating field protocols to have them informed from both the field and existing practices.

Democratizing Data


Responsible and ethical research means that we have an obligation to consider how the data collection process impacts respondents. We work to empower respondents by making data collection meaningful for them.
Here’s what we are doing:

  • Asking the right questions by creating tools that are informed by respondent’s contexts through comprehensive pre-tests.
  • Advocating for the dissemination of research to respondents.
  • Avoiding the replication of data collection efforts and advocate for responsible data collection by informing clients building the India map.
  • Championing ethical data collection by setting up an IRB.
  • Empowering cash-strapped organizations to gain insights from respondents through the self-evaluation app.

Researcher Capacity Building


Our researchers work tirelessly, with passion to get strong data and are always pushing the envelope when it comes to innovative research. We are proud of our team and want to give them a chance to showcase their talents and further fine-tune their skills.
Here’s what we are doing:

  • Building an environment of research, critical thinking, knowledge sharing and skills exchange by holding internal and external quality workshops.
  • Advocating for the dissemination of research to respondents.
  • Maintaining a culture of reflexivity, transparency and introspection by holding regular impact meetings.

Our Work

Improving quality of Primary Education through Teacher Motivation

Client: STiR Education


Geography

Karnataka

Sectors

Education

As the data collection partner for STiR Education and the University of New York, Outline India undertook data collection for STiR Education’s project focusing on the improvement of quality primary education in government schools across Ramnagara district of Karnataka. 


Outline India was responsible for conducting the survey and data collection exercises were conducted across 4 blocks of Ramnagara district – Ramnagara, Magadi, Kanakapura and Channapatna. 

Study on Risk Behaviour Assessment with Elected Gram Panchayat Representatives in West Bengal

Client:

University of Auckland, Monash University and IIM Ahmedabad

Geography

West Bengal

Sectors

Governance

Outline India recently completed a study on risk behaviour assessment and economic decision making with elected Gram Panchayat representatives in West Bengal. This study was conducted with academicians from University of Auckland, Monash University and IIM Ahmedabad, wherein the goal was to understand better the role that local elected representatives play in the process of development in India. 

As the data collection partner, Outline India was responsible for conducting interviews with the elected representatives of Gram Panchayats from North 24 Parganas. 


Impact Assessment of Training and Equipment Donation to Medical Facilities

Client:

Lifebox Foundation

Geography

Assam, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh

Sectors

Health

Lifebox Foundation, an international NGO, aims to improve safety of surgery and anesthesia in low resource settings by providing training to doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and other OT staff on the WHO surgical safety checklist and pulse oximetry.  

Outline India has partnered with Lifebox Foundation, as their evaluation partner, to understand the effect of the trainings provided to medical facilities, determine the uptake of medical equipment especially oximeters during and after surgery, recall value of trainings, use, usability and routinization of oximeters, and culture of safety and quality improvement among practitioners. 

For this study, Outline India visited a total 38 hospitals and nursing homes, conducting in-depth interviews with 60 doctors, nurses, OT staff and anesthetists. We are currently encoding and analysing the data and are excited to see how our research will help in understanding the needs of small nursing clinics and peripheral centres in rural areas and determining the future trajectory of Lifebox Foundation's intervention in India.

Baseline Study to assess Corstone India’s Youth First Programme

Client:

CorStone India Foundation

Geography

Bihar

Sectors

Education, Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Outline India as the India partner for CorStone India Foundation, recently undertook data collection for the baseline study of the Youth First Programme. Outline India was responsible for the tool review, tool translations, data collection, and data monitoring. The data collection process for this study was completed in 2 phases, and Outline conducted 9000 parent surveys followed by 8000 assessments of students of grades 7 and 8 in 100 schools across the districts of Patna and Darbhanga in Bihar. 

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