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Research, Monitoring and Evaluation


Philosophy

WASSAN Group of Institutions believes that research studies, monitoring & evaluation related assignments provide an opportunity to synthesize the experiences from real life situations and convert them into useful knowledge products (reports/ insights generated from field work/ analysis). These knowledge products are useful tools for capacity building and policy advocacy.

Expertise

Anchoring, conducting research studies has been one of the core mandates and strengths of WASSAN Group of Institutions. WASSAN Group of Institutions has the experiences and competency to anchor large scale research studies (conceptualization; design, field level execution; data compilation, analysis and report writing). WASSAN Group of Institutions also has experiences of collecting data and insights from respondents (communities/ other sources) through standard research tools; participatory methodologies and tablets/ android based tools.

Partners

WASSAN Group of Institutions collaborated with a variety of agencies to conduct these research studies.

  • Central Research Institute for Dry lands Agriculture (CRIDA); MANAGE; National Institute for Rural Development (NIRD); Acharya Jaya Shankar Agriculture University; IIT- Madras, Center of Economic and Social Studies (CESS)
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED UK); IRC Netherlands; UNDP (New Delhi)
  • State Level Nodal Agencies of Integrated Watershed Management Projects in Orissa, Tripura, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir states; Water Conservation Mission, GoAP/ Commissionerate of Rural Development, GoAP.
  • ITC, BAIF Foundation, LNRMI

WASSAN has anchored several research studies and produced high quality reports that could explore various dimensions of reality in an honest manner. Some of the key research, monitoring and evaluation projects of WASSAN are briefly presented here.  (Table No 1)

WASSAN’s Experiences on Research, Monitoring & Evaluation

S. No.

Name of the Research Study (Project Period)

Funding Partner

Study Area

Category of Assignment

1

Understanding Processes in Watershed Development Projects in India (2006)

India Canada Environment Facility, New Delhi

Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Nagaland states

Research Study

2

Understanding Processes in Watershed Development Projects in Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh (2002)

APRLP, Commissionerate of Rural Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Nalgonda District

Research Study

3

Understanding Processes in Watershed Development Projects in RR District, Andhra Pradesh (2002)

District Water Management Agency, RR District, Andhra Pradesh 

 

RR District, Andhra Pradesh

Research Study

4

Study of livelihoods, gender and equity concerns in watershed projects

Name of the client:

this study for Andhra Pradesh.

SDC, WIMI and FAO

Andhra Pradesh

Research/ Status Report

5

Gender issues in watershed projects (2002-03)

WASSAN

Andhra Pradesh

Status Report

6

Study to develop NRM strategy for APRPRP

Level of the client: State Government Department

Society of Elimination of Rural Poverty, GoAP

Andhra Pradesh

Status Report/ Strategy Paper

7

Comprehensive study of impact assessment of investment in watersheds in Orissa (2009)

NIRD, Hyderabad 

Orissa

Research Study

8

Process Documentation of Dalit Watersheds (2002-03)

Deccan Development Society, Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh

Process Documentation

9

Understanding wage issues in watershed projects (2002)

WASSAN

Andhra Pradesh

 

10

Form Soil Conservation to Land Husbandry  - Technological challenges in watershed projects (2001)

WASSAN

Andhra Pradesh

Research and Advocacy

11

Comprehensive study of impact assessment of investment in watersheds in Uttar Pradesh (2009-10)

NIRD, Hyderabad

Uttar Pradesh

Research Study

12

Comprehensive Study of

Impact Assessment of Investment on Watersheds Development Projects in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh (2011)

NIRD, Hyderabad

Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

Research Study

13

Understanding Impacts of Watershed Projects in Andhra Pradesh (2004)

Water Conservation Mission, Government of Andhra Pradesh 

Andhra Pradesh

Research Study

14

Preparatory Phase Evaluation of IWMP projects 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 batch (20011 to 2014)

SLNA, Tripura

Tripura

Evaluation/ Assessment

15

Preparatory Phase Evaluation of IWMP projects 2010-11 batch in Manipur (2013)

SLNA, Manipur

Manipur

Evaluation/ Assessment

16

Preparatory Phase Evaluation of IWMP projects 2009-10 batch (2012)

SLNA, Odisha

Odisha

Evaluation/ Assessment

17

Preparatory Phase Evaluation of IWMP projects 2009-10 and 2010-11 batch (2012 to 2013)

SLNA, Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh

Evaluation/ Assessment

18

Preparatory Phase Evaluation of IWMP projects 2011-12 batch in Madhya Pradesh (2014)

SLNA, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh

Evaluation/ Assessment

19

Work Phase Assessment of 2009-10 batch IWMP Projects (2013)

SLNA, Tripura

Tripura

Evaluation/ Assessment

20

WASH Cost (Project) India (2008-12)

IRC Netherlands and CESS Hyderabad 

Andhra Pradesh (107 villages in All Districts of the state)

Research Project

21

Understanding Impacts of Mission SunheraKal in Sehore District, Madhya Pradesh (2014)

ITC Kulkuta

Sehore District, Madhya Pradesh

Impact Study

22

A Study on Status of Self Reliant Cooperatives in India (2009)

HIVOS

India

Research Project

23

Creating awareness of water crisis and facilitating solutions through GIS- based participatory panchayat resource mapping and management: pilot-scale demonstration, evaluation and enhancement of GIS software (2005-09)

Department of Science and Technology, GoI

Andhra Pradesh

Action Research Project

24

Process Monitoring of APRLP (2005-07)

DFID I

Andhra Pradesh

Process Monitoring

25

Project Management and Monitoring Support to WDF Projects (2005 onwards)

NABARD

Telangana

Monitoring and Project Management Support

26

A Reflection on Impacts of Watershed Projects Implemented by BAIF – Pune in Maharashtra and Gujarat (2013)

BAIF

Gujarat and Maharashtra

Impact Assessment

27

Water Watch – Social Watch AP Chapter (2014)

Arghyam Foundation and National Social Watch

During 2014

Status Reports

28

Indo German Watershed Development Projects (Since 2005)

NABARD and KfW

Since 2005

Monitoring and Project Management Support

29

Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Project (2012)

Government of Orissa 

Since 2012

Monitoring and Project Management Support

 

Future

WASSAN is constantly exploring opportunities and partners to engage with research studies; monitoring and evaluation assignments on these themes – watershed management; water resources; rain-fed agriculture, WASH; employment and entitlements and other related themes.