Collaborative Research and Dissemination

Collaborative Research and Dissemination (CORD) is an independent research group that seeks to articulate the problems of the disadvantaged based on field work and analysis of secondary data and documents. 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, 1999) in English and later in Hindi...Read More

Current Projects

Identifying Systemic and Implementation Issues for Exclusion of Adivasis in ITDAs of Andhra Pradesh... Read More

Jharkhand Action Research: This is an Action Research Programme in selected geographies in Jharkhand. The aim is to empower Adivasi and other vulnerable communities to access public service deliveries and claim their entitlements and forest rights by strengthening Gram Sabha and governance structures. Read More

Strengthening last mile delivery of welfare schemes and entitlements to tribal communities in Andhra Pradesh Strengthening last mile delivery of advocacy with district and state level officials to bring about necessary changes in the implementation processe. Read More

The LibTech Centre

From 2012 onwards CORD expanded its area of work to looking at issues related to governance. This initiative, known as LibTech, consists of a team of dedicated researchers, fieldworkers and engineers who use technology to understand the problems faced by beneficiaries of different welfare schemes and find resolutions. The first project under this initiative was “the use of mobile phones to arrest... Read More

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Papers Presented

Anuradha De: Presentation on “Learning Outcomes of Children from Disadvantaged families” on 9 March 2018, REAL Centre at University of Cambridge.

Meera Samson: Findings from the TEACh study at the University of Oxford’s UKFIET Conference on ‘Learning and Teaching for Sustainable Development: Curriculum, Cognition and Context’ on 5 September 2017.
Anuradha De: Presentation on ‘Schooling Lives of Children With Disability: Insights from Households and Schools in Haryana’ at the Education and Children with Disabilities workshop organised by the Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust in August 2017
Anuradha De: Presentation on “Impact of Education Data on Policy: Some General Concerns”, at a seminar “The Numbers Game: A look beneath the surface – A seminar on education data and policy” organized by Centre for Policy Research at India International Centre, New Delhi on August 19, 2015


Private Schools for the Less Privileged: Some Insights from a Case Study: Anuradha De, Claire Noronha and Meera Samson in Gender and Education edited by Ramachandran V. and Jandyala K. , 2019, Orient Blackswan
Udayan Rathore & Upasak Das (2018): Explaining the Superior Education, Outcomes of Kerala: The Role of State Activism and Historical Endowment, Oxford Development. Studies, 3rd November, 2018

Sweta Bhusan,and WENI: (2017): “Maternal health in rural areas” the IMMANA blog, – December 2017. Read it here:

The Women’s Empowerment and Nutrition Index (WENI) project, CORD, a five-part blog series on the Ideas for India portal. See the last of the evidence-based writing at
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