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2017 Improving data systems for effective inclusion of CWDs: examining collection, compilation, analysis, quality and use of data on CWDs at state and national level

CORD undertook research on the thematic area of improving data systems as part of the project 'Promoting the Rights of Disabled Children to Quality Education' under the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD).

The study is one among five thematic studies funded by UNESCO. The others included: a critical analysis of national and state level schemes supporting inclusive education for children with disability (IED); a review of the implementation for the Right to Education Act from the perspective of IED;an assessment of accessibility of classrooms; and a critical review of the policies and practices around human resources for effective IED.

The study was based on analysis of secondary data and documents, and on case studies based on primary and secondary data and aimed to:

i) Develop an inventory of all available sources of data on CWDs, outlining the different definitions used, the various processes of data collection and compiling used, and the levels of disaggregation.

ii) Document the current system of using data for planning and monitoring, and highlight factors which facilitate the effective use of the data.

iii) Analyse the possible impact of using the different definitions (including definition of PWDs inclining with the Washington Group on Disability Statistics), methodologies, data collection tools, and disaggregation of CWDs on the use of data for planning and monitoring.

iv) Suggest actions to improve the data collection process, and the use of the data for planning and monitoring. This included contributing to a data collection tool for future use.

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2016-17 Harmonizing the Definitions of Out Of School Children in India (OOSCI)

The South Asia regional study in 2014, prepared as part of the Global Initiative on Out-of-School-Children (OOSCI) initiated by UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in 2010, states that South Asia is facing challenges with the high number of children being denied schooling. The numbers of out-of-school children (OOSC) in the region remain staggering despite efforts towards universal primary and basic education.

Moreover, discrepancies arise in the number and rate of out-of-school children when comparing estimates from household surveys and administrative records, and also between different household surveys. Triangulating estimates from both administrative data and multiple household surveys, therefore, becomes a crucial step to get a better indication of the extent of school exclusion. A critical use of multiple data sources is an important way for policy and decision-making to be more evidence-based, nuanced and effective.

Based on the objective outlined above, this UIS-commissioned study endeavoured to:

Critically analyse the data collection methodology and metadata, and calculate out-of-school rates for household and administrative data sources which have information on out-of school children conducted at the national level between 2005 to 2014; in particular, the analysis included i) the questions used to determine school participation, ii) the timing of the data collection in relation to the start of the school year (which varies among states)..iii) Identify the reasons behind the differences and similarities in the out-of-school children statistics calculated from surveys and administrative data sources, iv) Document the different definitions of out-of-school children used by government agencies and data producers.v) Recommend possible ways of harmonizing various definitions of out-of-school children, and related issues, including dropout, and school types, based on national and international best practices. In particular, the recommendations addressed the calculation of national out-of-school rates given the different starting ages and duration of primary and lower secondary education, and the different starting months of the academic years between states in India.

2015-2016 Situational Analysis of Secondary Education in Maharashtra & Development of State Action Plan

CORD entered into a collaboration project with UNICEF Maharashtra to conduct a Situational Analysis of Secondary Education in Maharashtra. The objectives of the proposed partnership were to analyse the trends and variations that exist in secondary education, using primary and secondary data, and to identify the major strengths and weaknesses. The aim was to primarily assess the preparedness of existing State-level structures that are meant to serve the needs of secondary school students. The challenges faced by children in the relevant age group (14 to 18 years) in accessing and completing secondary education were also explored. The research was conducted from January 2015 to April 2016.

2011 to 2014 Global Initiative on Out of School Children-- A Situational Study in India report released on August 29, 2014 at NUEPA.

CORD worked in collaboration with UNICEF on "Global Initiative on Out of School Children- A Situational Study in India". The project was for three years, from 2011 to 2014. The report was released at the data technical consultation meeting on August 29, 2014 at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NEUPA).. The Technical consultation meeting was organized in 26 countries, as a follow up to the Global Study on Out-of-School Children initiated by UNICEF and The UNESCO Institute for Statistic. The Consultation Meeting discussed the findings of the study, their policy relevance, definition and methodology to collect data and provides an opportunity to discuss the different definitions and methodologies used in estimating Out-of-School Children. Officials from MHRD, NUEPA, and State SSA also participated in the meeting and provided highlights on the report.

India Report Oosci 2014

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2014-2015 Process documentation of ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (IFIG)'s School and Teacher Education Reform Programme in Rajasthan

CORD documented this education reform initiative of the foundation whereby IFIG was partnering the government of Rajasthan towards improving certain aspects of teacher education and making 50 schools RTE compliant.

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ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (IFIG)
2014-2015 Collaboration with Edulever Consulting Company to provide technical expertise

CORD entered into collaboration for one year from 2014 with Edulever Consulting Company Private Limited to provide technical expertise on research projects on the components.

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Edulever Consulting Company Private Limited
2013-2014 Leadership in Practice: A Study of Women's Leadership in Rural Organisations in India.

This quantitative study by CORD was a part of a larger collaborative study conducted by Sadhbhavna Trust and Gender at Work, in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

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Sadhbhavna Trust
2012-2014 Process Evaluation of the Haryana Government's Apni Beti Apna Dhan (ABAD) Programme

This research was conducted in three districts in Haryana between September 2012 and May 2013. CORD worked in collaboration with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), India. The research was the part of a larger study being undertaken by ICRW "IMPACCT", which had both quantitative and qualitative components.

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2011-2014 Out of School Children: A Country Report on Statistical Systems, Profiles, Barriers and Policies

The specific objectives were to prepare a country report on the status of administrative and household based statistical system on school education with special focus on measuring OOSC at various levels and types of disaggregation

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2011-2013 Baseline Survey of Elementary Education in Bihar and UP

This study proposes a survey on RTE implementation to give a comprehensive picture of the state of elementary education and the degree of compliance with RTE requirements in Bihar and UP in 2011, two years after the RTE has been notified in UP and Bihar.

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2011-2013 A paper on 'Feminisation of the Teaching Profession' with a focus on Kerala and Rajasthan

The study was led by a researcher in the UK. The scope of the study included one country from each region of the Commonwealth. India was one of the selected countries and CORD was commissioned to write a paper with particular focus on the states of Kerala and Rajasthan.

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2011-2013 CORD partnered UNESCO in a 'State-level consultation on Teacher Development' in Madhya Pradesh

These State-level consultations were an attempt to take forward the international conferences on teacher development pre-service and in-service training in particular - that were held in Udaipur, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar between 2009 and 2013.

It was felt that the demands on preparation of teachers and teacher educators, curriculum renewal and the need to address systemic challenges in the context of the Right to Education Act, the National Curriculum Framework and the National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education are vast. To be able to create a meaningful dialogue and plan of action to implement these frameworks, state-level consultations are needed.

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2011-2013 Baseline Survey International Best Practice Exchange Leading to Innovation in SSA

Save the Children initiated a three-year intervention to support the Government of India in achieving the quality targets of the SSA through an exchange of international best practices.

Before the commencement of this intervention, CORD was asked to conduct a survey so as to collect baseline data on key indicators in elementary schools in 5 states so as to document the current situation, arrive at best practices and recommendations.

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Save the Children Fund, EU
2011-2012 Privatization and Education for Disadvantaged Groups in India

The study was designed as an instrumental case study to gain insight into the process of institutional mediation and policy implementation and the social implications of delivering basic education to disadvantaged groups in privatized contexts in Delhi.

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SOROS Open Societies Institute
2009-2011 Marginalization and Education: Children in Inter-state Border Areas

The study examined the schooling experience of a child in the under-fourteen age group, living in a remote, difficult-to-reach, and frequently-troubled area on the border of a state, far from the administrative centers of power, with the state itself often economically and educationally poorly developed.

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New Education Group Foundation for Innovation and Research in Education (NEG-FIRE)
2006 PROBE Revisited 2006

PROBE Revisited was a field-based study of the schooling situation in rural India, conducted exactly 10 years after the PROBE survey was conducted. The research was conducted in largely the same villages as in the PROBE sample, randomly-selected in the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The focus was expanded from primary to elementary schooling.

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IDRC, Canada
2007-2011 Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP)

RECOUP was a five-year multi-disciplinary research project on the outcomes of education for the poor. The project was part of a research project consortium of 7 institutions. The research was conducted in Ghana, Kenya, India and Pakistan. The lead partner of the consortium was the Centre for Commonwealth Education, University of Cambridge. CORD conducted the Indian segment of the research which was done in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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1999 Desk study on 'Primary Education in Himachal Pradesh: examining a success story'

Commissioned by NIEPA-UNESCO in connection with the country report which was presented at the EFA Conference in Dakar, 2000. Published in India Education Report,edited by Dr Govinda, OUP, 2002.

Desk study on 'Private Schools and Universal Elementary Education' Part I

As above. In collaboration with Manabi Majumdar, then of MIDS, Chennai. Published in India Education Report,edited by Dr Govinda, OUP, 2002.

1999 -2000
Translation of the PROBE report into Hindi

Published by Oxford University Press in 2001.

Save the Children Fund / DFID
2000-2001 Case Studies: Private Schools and Universal Elementary Education. Part 2 - A Field Survey

This was a follow-up of the desk study of private schools (Part I). This was a field-based study on private schools for the disadvantaged in one district each in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. An abridged version of it formed a WB technical paper. The findings were also published as a paper in Economic and Political Weekly, no 52, December, 2002. Private schooling for the disadvantaged.

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MHRD / World Bank
2002 Desk study on 'Strategies for Elimination of Child Labour'.

The study looked at schooling strategies employed by different NGOs and government agencies to bring schooling to different groups of disadvantaged children, including those working in hazardous industries as child labour.


1999-2004 Schooling and work in the lives of adolescents

This project was based on the schooling experiences and the work done by adolescents in sample sites in Rajasthan, Delhi and West Bengal. It included a detailed survey of upper primary and secondary schools in the sample districts. The project was housed at the Institute for Human Development. The findings have been presented in a number of forums and are presently being prepared for publication as a monograph.

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2005 Field based study of the midday meals programme in MCD primary schools

The study looked at the cooked midday meal programme in schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi right from when the grain leaves the godowns of the FCI to when it comes in its cooked form to the school and is delivered to the children.

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Sir Ratan Tata Trust
2007-2008 Teacher stories

In collaboration with Deepak Verma, film-maker based in Delhi. this was an audio-video documentation of the life and work of two innovative teachers within the government school system who work in two areas that are far away from the mainstream, with very low parental motivation and no reward for teaching well. These films have been shared with a wide range of teachers, educators and teaching institutions.

Sir Ratan Tata Trust
2005-2013 Probe Report on Health

Public Report on Health (PRoH) was a five-year project divided into three phases. The objective in the first two phases was to explore the diversity of health needs and the changes in them that have occurred over time, and map these against the facilities and services offered by the public healthcare system. The third phase involved dissemination of the findings of the research. The research was conducted in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

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