Ideas for India

Field missions and data stories

Data is an essential component of research and policy formulation.


Geospatial technologies in India

A significant portion of Outline India’s work is conducted in rural parts of India which are either unavailable on Google Maps or lack geo-spatial details. Intermittent or lack of connectivity along with outdated satellite images escalates the problem.


Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming India

Outline India together with American Institutes for Research funded by the C&A Foundation

1. Conducted a social and economic impact assessment, and

2. Contributed to an environmental impact assessment

of cotton farming in Madhya Pradesh, a centra...


Social, Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh

American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partner Outline India designed and implemented a social impact assessment on the characteristics of 1) organic cotton farmers, 2) cotton farmers licensed by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), and 3) conventional cotton farmers in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, India. For this assessment, we used a survey with a large...


A Study of the Deceased Organ Donation Environment in Delhi/NCR

Outline India conducted extensive secondary research into historical developments in the organ transplant industry. We evaluated the organ donor industry to identify best practices in countries governed by a system of centralized organ registry and draw lessons for the organ donor market in Delhi/NCR.


Handwashing in Rural India

Hygiene behaviors are critical to prevent leading causes of death and diseases in children, particularly diarrhea and acute respiratory infections (ARI) among children under age five. An analysis of causes of neonatal and child mortality in India found that half of all deaths in children under five years were a result of pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases. The Global Burden o...

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Using Drones for Social Research

While drones have historically been used in military operations, their application for peaceful purposes has risen steeply in recent years. In this note, representatives from Outline India - a research and development consultancy firm - discuss their efforts to integrate drones in social sector research to make data analysis more evidence-based,...

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Aadhaar : It's not black or white

While most respondents have Aadhaar cards, their concerns regarding the identity document and motivations to obtain it vary greatly based on their demographic profile. 


Sashakt Baseline Evaluation Findings 1

Improving sexual and reproductive health among Mahadalit adolescents in Bihar, India


Spotlight On Handwashing In Rural India

Findings from a study on hand hygiene related knowledge and practices in four Indian states. People's patterns of hygiene behaviour plays a critical role in preventing leading causes of death and diseases in children, particularly diarrhea and acute respiratory infections (ARI) among children under the age of five. An analysis of the causes of neonatal and child mortality in...

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Aadhaar : It's Not Black or White

Outline India's internal research paper gets published on Ideas For India!

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Understanding the Journey of Data from the Eyes of a Practitioner

Monitoring the effects of investment in an economy has historically been the cornerstone of good governance wherein the approaches correspond to the concurrents of a political economy. This paper is a methodological attempt to understand the evolvement of social research at the confluence of technology and human capital and the processes of knowledge-production that feeds in...


Switching to Sustainable Auto-rickshaws System

Outline India collaborated with ACRA to conduct a baseline analysis to understand the economic viability and environmental sustainability for auto-rickshaw driving as a profession. 

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Evaluation study to assess the performance of five above average states sanitation coverage

The study team interacted with 30 different individuals from more than 15 Government and Non-Governmental organizations spanning across 5 states. 10 different Gram Panchayats were visited and local community members, including Gram Sabha leaders, ward leaders, Angadwadi workers and others were involved in the discussions. This provided a varied and comprehensive idea about k...

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Unveiling reasons for farmers suicide in India

Farmer suicides have been a wrenching and contentious issue in India. The report from the 70th round of the National Sample Survey highlighted that rural India has an estimated 90.2 million agricultural households which were roughly 58% of the total estimated rural households of the country.

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Data openness and the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill

The recently proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, places strict restrictions on the acquisition and use of geospatial information in India. Specifically, this means any information that is geo-located is subject to vetting and approval by a special authority appointed by the govern...


A Quick Primer On How Brexit Will Impact India And The Rest Of The World

The British have shocked the financial, political and business establishments of the world by voting to leave (52%) the European Union in the referendum of 23 June 2016. Briefly analyzing 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 favour of Great Britain remaining...

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Gross Happiness Index (GHI)

This papers seeks to establish a baseline for subjective well-being assessing the level of happiness, optimism and satisfaction among residents within two structurally varying urban contexts. Correlations have been drawn from demography related attributes and conventional socioeconomic parameters such as income, religion and caste. The locations representing a metropolitan a...

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Full Report: Evaluation study to assess the sanitation coverage of five states

The Government of India made sanitation and hygiene a priority concern with various campaigns that were launched across the country in the 1970s. Today, the issue of sanitation has received much attention under the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, an initiative of the Central Government. Data available with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) in January 2015 in...


Evaluation Study to Assess the Performance of Five Above-Average States in Sanitation Coverage

This study was aimed at evaluating the trends in sanitation and hygiene in the five states that had performed above average with respect to sanitation coverage, as per the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) 2012 baseline survey. The top five states identified from this data are Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Kerala.



Data Cleaning Series 1: An Introduction to Data Cleaning

Data cleaning bridges the gap between data capture and data analysis. Even though data cleaning remains skill that is rarely taught, and almost always picked up on the job, its importance in research studies is unquestionable. 


Using Drones For Research and Monitoring

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 otherw...


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