OUR RESEARCH MODEL
Our model of research integrates us with academics at internationally renowned institutions such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), and the London School of Economics (LSE), to name a few.
Additionally, our work has led to exchanges with research units at the World Bank, namely the Consultative Group for the Assistance of the Poor (CGAP), as well as at the Centre for Global Development (CGD). We enjoy excellent relationships with fellow organizations engaged in impact evaluation, namely the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and we work with many well-known organizations such as Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The primary component of every project is engagement with our stakeholders, ranging from policymakers and practitioners to households, to help us identify critical developments and knowledge gaps.
Once critical knowledge gaps have been identified, we conceptualize research ideas and formulate practical, effective and rigorous approaches to build the knowledge base. To this end, we develop appropriate research questions and generate research plans designed to answer these critical questions.
ASSESS & LEARN
We develop innovative approaches for data collection that fit with the local context. This includes designing surveys and other data collection tools relevant to the research questions and local context, finding creative ways to identify and locate target populations, and implementing safeguards to transfer and store data. Our approaches are used to assess development programmes and policies, further the current knowledge base, and build repositories of knowledge and data. Our research methodologies range from conducting impact evaluations, through randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental designs, to engaging in audit studies and short-term policy research using secondary data.
Our high quality research and partnerships with influential organizations and leading professors allows us to engage in dialogue with policymakers in India and globally. Our primary goal is to ensure that IFMR LEAD’s research findings are integrated into policy decision-making and used to address knowledge gaps in the development sector. We aim to integrate these research findings through robust knowledge dissemination and continued engagement with our stakeholders.