About Cord

Collaborative Research and Dissemination (CORD) is an independent education research group that seeks to articulate the problems of the disadvantaged through field-based research. CORD endeavours to influence policy and public opinion by making its research findings accessible to the public. CORD's research dates back to 1994, when a larger team of researchers from various universities and institutions came together to bring out a public report on the status of basic education in India. The outcome was the publication of PROBE (Public Report on Basic Education, OUP-Delhi, 1996) in English and later in Hindi.

Updates
  • May 2018: CORD has prepared a baseline survey report as part of the Tata Trust funded Combating Corruption with Mobile Phones project on the basis of data obtained through field survey in September-October 2017.
  • February April 2018: The Women's Empowerment and Nutrition Index (WENI) project fieldwork successfully completed in Bihar and Orissa. Click here to see the photos.
  • CORD conducted a training workshop for field Investigators to carry out field survey in Orissa and Bihar for Women's Empowerment and Nutrition Index (WENI) project from 19th February to 21st February 2018.
  • January 2018: Annual planning meeting for the Tata Trust funded Combating Corruption with Mobile Phones project was held on 27th to 30th January in Bangalore.
  • January 2018: Advisory committee meeting for the TEACh project was held on 15 January at the IIC where preliminary findings from the study were presented.
  • December 2017: Sweta Bhusan, Senior Researcher and WENI project team member wrote on maternal health in rural areas for the IMMANA blog.
  • CORD Researcher Sweta Bhusan writes on the Ideas for India portal about Women's Empowerment in Nutrition. See blog
  • November 2017: CORD researchers evolve coding framework for the first level qualitative data analysis of the SSHRC-funded The Right to Education and the Emergence of Non-State Actors in India.
  • September 2017 saw the rolling out of the baseline survey as part of the Tata Trust funded Combating Corruption with Mobile Phones project in Mahbubnagar district, Telengana.
  • CORD's TEACh team presented at the UKFIET 2017 Conference at the University of Oxford, 5-7 September 2017.
  • CORD Director Anuradha De presented on the 'Schooling Lives of Children with Disabilities' at a workshop entitled 'Education and children with disabilities: Bridging the research, policy and practice divide' facilitated by Professor Anupam Ahuja and Dr Nidhi Singal
  • Combating Corruption with Mobile phones : A research design meet was held in Bengaluru between 27- 29 July 2017.
  • The Women's Empowerment and Nutrition Index (WENI) team held a three-day workshop (15 - 17 July) for synthesizing the questionnaire using insights from qualitative study and secondary data review. See photos of the workshop.
  • Anuradhe De was at the meeting of the ESRC-DFID-TEACh (Teach Effectively All Children) project on 29 June for reviewing progress and discussing next steps. See photo.
  • CORD Director Anuradha De presented on at the Cambridge REAL Centre's Inclusive Learning and Teaching Conference on 28th June. Watch a recording.
  • CORD conducted a training workshop for Field Investigators going to Haryana for the last phase of fieldwork for the project Teach Effectively All Children (TEACh) from the 29th till the 31st of January 2017. Click here to see the Photo Gallery.
  • A Technical paper on Estimating the number of Out-of-School Children -- Methodological Problems and Alternative Approaches, commissioned by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) was prepared by Ms.Anuradha De and Mr.Chander Shekhar Mehra. Click here to see the link.
  • Meera Samson attended a Stakeholder's Consultation on Policies and Programmes for Children in Maharashtra : Trends and Prospects organised by the UNICEF in Pune.
  • Harmonizing the Definitions of Out Of School Children in India (OOSCI). Report has been submitted.
  • Situational Analysis of Secondary Education in Maharashtra and Development of State Action Plan: CORD conducted a Bottleneck Analysis of Secondary Education workshop with educational administrators and school principals in Pune on the 2nd and 3rd of August, in MSCERT, Pune.
  • Learning Outcomes and Teacher Effectiveness for Children Facing Multiple Disadvantages, Including Those with Disabilities:India and Pakistan: Household survey in Haryana is complete. Qualitative phase of the project took place between October to December 2016. Last phase to commence soon.
  • The Right to Education and the Emergence of Non-state Actors: The Case of India. A household survey of school choice was conducted in April-June 2015 in East Delhi. Cleaning and analysis of quantitative data are in process.
  • Impact Assessment of the Shikshak Samman Award (SSA) Initiative. The report has been submitted.
  • Anuradha De made a presentation "The Role of Data in Development", at a workshop organized by NIRANTAR titled "In Continuum or Isolation? Collectivizing Adolescent Girls and Organizing Women" at Global Arts Village, New Delhi on January 11, 2016.
  • Meera Samson made a presentation "Schooling as a Site for Change: Adolescents and the Educational System", at a workshop organized by NIRANTAR titled "In Continuum or Isolation? Collectivizing Adolescent Girls and Organizing Women" at Global Arts Village, New Delhi on January 13, 2016.
  • Bhatty, Kiran, Anuradha De, Rathin Roy, "The Public Education System and What the Cost Imply", Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - L, Issue No31, August 2015 http://www.epw.in/commentary/public-education-system-and-what-costs-imply.html
  • Anuradha De and Meera Samson, "Promising EFA Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region". This study is one of the several studies commissioned by UNESCO, Bangkok in countries in the Asia Pacific Region to document "innovative practices" which have shown progress in achieving any of the EFA goals, 2015. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002330/233008E.pdf
Dissemination

Current Projects
  • People's Experience of Government to Citizen Payments: This is a collaborative research project with several independent researchers and is funded by Azim Premji University. The objective of this project is to study people's experiences of the last-mile of NREGA payments in government to citizen payments.
  • Combating Corruption with Mobile phones: The project is a collaborative venture between CORD, several other NGOs and independent researchers. This is the second phase of a project that was initiated by the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University with CORD as the implementing partner in India. The present phase of the project is supported by Tata Trusts and aims to scale substantially and create a social business model with revenue streams that could sustain the work in the future.
  • The Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI): This is a joint research project under the IMMANA grant program that involves CORD, University of Texas, Austin and IGIDR, Mumbai. This project seeks to advance the understanding of the role of women's empowerment in mediating the relationship between agriculture and nutrition.
  • Learning Outcomes and Teacher Effectiveness for Children Facing Multiple Disadvantages- India and Pakistan: This is a research project involving CORD, University of Cambridge and IDEAS, Pakistan and supported by a grant from ESRC/DFID. The objective of this study is to identify the effective teaching practices that can best serve to raise learning outcomes for children who face multiple disadvantages related to disability, poverty and gender.
  • The Right to Education and the Emergence of Non-state Actors: The Case of India: CORD is collaborating with the University of Western Ontario for a research project that seeks to examine the development of the right to education in India. It aims to understand the changing relationships between the state and non-state actors. This project is funded by SSHRC.
  • End-Of-Programme Evaluation Of The Kusuma Schools Partnership Initiative Kusuma Kusuma Trust UK has commissioned Collaborative Research & Dissemination (CORD) for an end-of-programme evaluation of the Kusuma Schools Partnership Initiative. This project is focused on improving access to quality secondary education and other life opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people in Odisha and UP. The main purpose of the evaluation is to highlight key lessons learned and identify examples of good practices for wider dissemination.
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