COVID-19 Through the Gender Lens



What does your normal look like? A survey study

Research on Covid-19 and its implications has gained significance in recent times as the novel virus continues to erode the fundamental aspects of every individual’s life. Wit...


Survey Instrument to Study Patterns of Internet Usage During COVID-19

A short, structured questionnaire to assess the ways in which usage of internet, including social media platforms, has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Survey Instrument to Study the Impact of COVID-19 on Hospitality Sector Employees

A short, structured questionnaire for a quick assessment of the changes in the lives and livelihoods of people employed in the hospitality industry, specifically those working in a hotel or at a restaurant, during the coronavirus pandemic.


Survey Instrument to Study the Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

A short, structured questionnaire to assess the state of mental health of adults in the age bracket of 18 to 35 years during the coronavirus pandemic.

Research via concise surveys to efficiently evaluate ground-level realities within a realistic budget

Introducing Quick Dipsticks

The novel coronavirus has severely impacted individuals and companies across the globe. It has resulted in a significant shift in the fund allocation pattern of CSRs and other funding bodies wherein much of the contribution has been towards Covid-19 response and coping. In India, many ongoing developmental projects have stalled or are being carried out in a limited capaci...

By Outline India Team

Strategy Note: India fights COVID -19


Kriti Seth

Understanding the COVID-19 Infodemic: How Misinformation Impacts Mindsets

This piece attempts to highlight the problem of communication...


The Good Sight November Issue

Data, the epicenter for research and the foundation of policymaking help figure out how our policies will work on the ground; Track Your Metrics, a data collection application developed by Outline India is a tool meant for funders and CSR to track the work of their grantees, induct new grantees, all on the basis of dat...


Where did you come from, where do you go? A quick guide into M&E

Have you identified a problem which you are trying to solv...

Ideas for India

Field Missions and Data Stories

Data is an essential component of research and policy formulation.


Geo-spatial 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.

Ideas For India

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,...

By Outline India

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

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...

By Outline India

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. 

By Outline India

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...

By Outline India

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.

Ideas For India

Data Openness and the Geo-spatial 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...

By Outline India

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...


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.


By Vrinda Khera and Anna Upreti

The prevalence of vaccine hesitancy

It has been almost eighteen months since the Covid-19 infection was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). With a high degree of mutation, the virus has severely impacted India, especially during the second wave. The neighboring states of Nepal and Bangladesh have also been drastically affected and are still seeing a...

By Anupam Hazarika

The Significance of Communications for Social Impact

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been the bedrock for social impact in the development sector especially in a developing country like India. A plethora of programs have been able to sustain because of the philanthropic decisions made by t...

By Khushi Somani

COVID-19 disrupts food security for millions

Amongst the several disruptions spurred by COVID-19, the rise in hunger has been one of the most tangible and hard-hitting for the vulnerable. This blog highlights the reasons for food insecurity heightened by the pandemic. It also delves into the plight of the marginalized...


भारत में बाल श्रमिकों पर COVID - 19 का प्रभाव


By Gurjot Singh Mahi

Manipulating SurveyCTO timestamps using Pandas

Hey guys! In this blog post, we will take a step-by-step tour to learn how we can manipulate the timestamps using the Python data analysis l...

By Aarushi Gupta

COVID-19: Is the pandemic enabling an infodemic?

This blog covers the influence of social media on the current pandemic, Covid-19, the ethical and moral responsibility of social media and guidelines to elude fake information.

Pulama Mukherjee

Collective Social Resilience in Times of a Pandemic

This blog covers how the social sector has played a pro-active role in relief work across the country since the onset of the novel coronavirus and highlights the challenges, the need for adapting to the new normal, and how there is an increased degree of cohesion among organizations working in the develo...

How we can adopt new ways of data collection during the COVID-19 crisis? This blog focuses on Computer-Based Telepjonic Interview (CATI) to optimize efficient and relevant data collection.

Transitioning From CAPI To CATI: A Guide To Adapt To Phone Surveys Using CATI In Unprecedented Times Like COVID-19


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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