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.

  • June 2020 - In collaboration with Libtech India COVID-19 relief activities are being conducted over the past three months.
  • April 2020 - The Report of a qualitative study of best practices of Anandshala Programme in Samastipur was finalised and submitted on 6 April.
    On 11 April, the Samastipur impact evaluation report was presented through a webinar to the Quest Alliance team and their queries and suggestions were discussed. The Report has been finalised after incorporating their comments.
  • March 2020 - The draft report on Impact evaluation of Anandshala programme in Samastipur was submitted on 24 March.
  • January 2020 - Baseline Report of Quest Alliance interventions in Deoghar was finalised and submitted on 18 January. CORD and Libtech team had a 3 day workshop in Delhi between 29-31 January. The workshop was focused on analysis of block level website data and primary data from selected villages and preparing a report on possible exclusions in the Rythu Bharosa Scheme in Andhra Pradesh.
  • December 2019 - On 9th December, CORD along with six other India based RLO projects organised a meeting with policymakers, development practitioners and civil society in Delhi, at the India Islamic Centre, to present evidence and explore pathways to improving learning outcomes in different Indian contexts.
  • September 2019 - Survey of schools and other stakeholders of Anandshala programme run by Quest Alliance in Samastipur district in Bihar for the project on Impact evaluation study was conducted between 20 August and 13 September 2019. The qualitative study on best practices were conducted simultaneously in 6 schools.
  • September 2019 - Impact evaluation study in Samastipur-- Survey of schools and other stakeholders of Anandshala programme run by Quest Alliance in Samastipur district in Bihar was conducted between 20 August and 13 September 2019.
  • August 2019 - On August 19 the members from seven teams working on a joint dissemination event under the Impact Initiative met for a consultation to plan joint outputs and the December event, in JNU conference room.
  • July 2019 - Deoghar baseline Survey-- As part of baseline survey of Quest alliance intervention, Survey in schools and youth clubs in 5 blocks in Deoghar district in Jharkhand was conducted between 20 June and 13 July 2019. The data has been entered and is being analysed now.
  • June 2019 - CLDP Impact Evaluation -- Fieldwork in Delhi's secondary schools was conducted between 1 April to 9 May 2019. The survey schedules are currently in the process of data cleaning, data entry and data analysis.
  • May 2019 - People's Experience of Government to Citizen Payments- a dissemination event was organized in Bangalore on May 4, 2019, where the draft report was presented to a small group of academicians and activists. The Report will be finalized on the basis of feedback received.
  • May 2019 - Quest Alliance Project - Result based frameworks, and monitoring formats for education and capacity building intervention projects in Deoghar in Jharkhand and Samastipur in Bihar have been developed. CORD researchers visited the intervention sites and conducted orientation workshops for monitoring, and piloted survey tools for baseline surveys.
  • February 2019 The survey for the project People's Experience of Government to Citizen Payments has been conducted in 3 states, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan, CORD researchers and collaborators met for a 2 day Workshop on 9th and 10th February 2019 in Delhi, for data analysis and planning of dissemination of research outputs.
  • February 2019 CORD, in collaboration with the University of Texas and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai held the final dissemination workshop of their project The Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI) funded by Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action, (IMMANA) at the India International Centre (IIC) on the 8th February, 2019. Click here for pictures
  • February 2019 The End Line Survey in Telengana as part of the project Combating Corruption through mobile phones (supported by the Tata Trusts) will be completed by end of February 2019.
  • January 2019 Anuradha De attended the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme Annual Workshop 2019 at the Worcester College, Oxford, UK on 30-31st January, 2019. She presented on the assessment methodology of TEACh in an interactive session on Conceptualising learning, assessing outcomes, and influencing policy.
  • January 2019 The Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI) survey was completed in January 2019.
  • January 2019 The report of the project End-Of-Programme Evaluation of The Kusuma Schools Partnership Initiative is submitted to the Kusuma Trust, UK.
  • November 2018: CORD completed the quantitative survey for the project People's Experience of Government to Citizen Payments.
  • October 2018: CORD completed the end of the programme evaluation survey of Kusuma Schools Partnership Initiative commissioned by the Kusuma Foundation in Odisha. 25 schools in Sambalpur district in Odisha and 25 schools in Hardoi district were surveyed with a mixed research method (qualitative and quantitative) combined with a staged approach was selected as the research design most appropriate for answering key research questions.
  • 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.

Current Projects
  • COVID-19 relief activities: Presently CORD is supporting Libtech India in providing access and relief to much needed support systems and resources for the communities on the ground. This includes supplying dry rations to vulnerable tribal communities in Paderu region and migrant communities in Anakapalle of Andhra Pradesh. Efforts have also been made to help migrant labourers in travelling to their home village- this includes collaborating with other organizations and developing a data base of such migrants, organising their local as well as inter-state travel and supplying food during their journey. These activities have been supported by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative.
  • Strengthening last mile delivery of welfare schemes and entitlements to tribal communities in Andhra Pradesh: This project is in collaboration with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative and the Andhra Pradesh Government, and CORD and Libtech India are working together on this. It involves action research and interventions for improving delivery of the different welfare programmes for Tribal communities in Andhra Pradesh. The initial focus is on the functioning of MNREGS, Rythu Bharosa and Amma Vodi schemes. The working of the schemes will be analysed using website data and conducting rapid surveys and audits in three Gram Panchayats in one Mandal of Paderu division of Andhra Pradesh. The learnings will be used to conduct outreach activities and case studies in additional panchayats with the help of two other organizations, also funded by APPI.
  • Ensuring coverage of all the eligible citizens under various welfare schemes for tribal communities in Andhra Pradesh: CORD and Libtech India worked together on this pilot three month project (November 2019 to January 2020) to help the Tribal Welfare Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh to eliminate the barriers and ensure coverage of all the eligible citizens under various welfare schemes being implemented for the welfare of the tribal Communities in the ITDA areas.
  • Gender budgeting in education: In collaboration with National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, CORD is doing a study on the extent to which budgets of Education Departments are sensitive to gender needs and in what ways can public finance be an enabler in bringing about gender equity in education. This study is conducted with and supported by National Coalition of Education in India and its member organizations.
  • Raising learning Outcomes in Diverse Contexts: As part of the Impact Initiative for International Development and Research CORD and other Indian research teams funded under the Raising Learning Outcomes Programme (RLO) for ESRC and DFID are collaborating to integrate the learnings from all the projects and present them to state and national level policy-makers.This is expected to enhance impact through leveraging the expanded geographical and contextual scope as well as widening research sub-domains. CORD is coordinating the effort.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation projects with Quest Alliance: In this 3 year project, CORD proposes to develop an end-to-end monitoring and evaluation framework including developing a monitoring and evaluation plan and conducting baseline and endline surveys. The project will focus on evaluating the challenges faced by disadvantaged students in continuing schooling, and out-of-school adolescents in acquiring further education and skills training.
  • Evaluation of Impact of Cluster Leadership Development Program (CLDP) In Delhi Schools CLDP focuses on developing leadership within the school system, so as to transform schools into learning organizations. Creatnet Education has asked CORD to do an impact evaluation of CLDP between February and September 2019.
  • 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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