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.
CORD was officially registered as a trust in May 2003. CORD’s primary research interest has been education. Research projects include the status of elementary schooling in northern India, private schooling, the midday meal scheme in Delhi, and education and employment opportunities for adolescents. Over the years, CORD’s research outputs have been presented at various national and international forums. Although education has been the primary focus of CORD’s research, CORD members are also involved in research projects on health and labour issues.
CORD believes in multidisciplinary and collaborative research and has collaborated with a number of national and international organizations and institutes of repute, both government and non-government. CORD has also taken an active interest in building research skills of grassroots organizations and research groups. CORD’s research findings have contributed to the civil society movement and advocacy towards better and more meaningful education for the disadvantaged.
The three core team members of CORD have over a decade of experience in field-based research on Education, Health and Labour issues.