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.

  • 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
  • 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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