Rural Development

We have a very good understanding of rural development issues operational at grassroots level. It includes issues related to wage employment programmes, food for work programme, poverty alleviation programmes and income generation programmes. We are also aware of issues concerning both NGOs and Panchayats and their role towards people centred development.

Popular Projects

Project Title: Impact Assessment of Inter Personal Communication Campaign in Uttar Pradesh
Year:               2016 – 2017
Location:        Uttar Pradesh
Aim of the study was to assess the impact, quality and effectiveness of the IPC campaigns and identify the gaps if any. Another major aim was to evaluate the extent of reach / exposure and relevance for each target groups specific to the campaign.
Study determined the increase in awareness and effectiveness of campaign in different target groups. The study adopted quantitative research tools and covered 11875 rural households.
The study was commissioned by Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL).

Project Title:      National Level Monitoring
Location:             Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Gujarat, Tripura and Meghalaya
The ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Drinking water & Sanitation and Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, for monitoring of rural Development  Programmes.
The ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Drinking water & Sanitation and Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, for monitoring of rural Development  Programmes.
The ministry enthrust National Level Monitors for the monitoring of rural development programmes [MGNREGS, DAY-NRLM, DDUGKY, PMAY(G), NSAP, PMGSY, DILRMP, PMKSY (Watershed Component), NRDWP, SBM(G), Basic Verification of Panchayat etc.].
RDI being institutional NLM conducts monitoring to assess the performance of the programmes in terms of achieving its objectives, determining whether the programme inputs are well utilized, for identifying problems facing the community and finding solutions through existing programmes, for ensuring all activities are carried out properly by the right people and in time, determining the appropriateness of programme planning for achieving its objectives.
10 GPs from each district are selected and all the PRI officials, district level officials, beneficiaries of the programmes are interviewed. The response of the beneficiaries helps government for planning and regularization of budget allocation.

Project Title:  Concurrent Monitoring of Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC)
Year:                     2011
Location:             Haryana, Meghalaya, Mizoram & Tripura
SECC-2011 is a study of socio economic status of rural and urban households and allows ranking of households based on predefined parameters. SECC 2011 has three census components which were conducted by three separate authorities but under the overall coordination of Department of Rural Development in the Government of India.
In order to monitor the selection process of the list of Socio-Economic and Caste the Ministry of Drinking water & Sanitation, Government of India, has entailed the concurrent monitoring process of SECC to cover one percent of all EBs in rural areas.
RDI has conducted the study in all the districts of 4 states as Independent Monitoring Agency to ensure that the data has been collected accurately irrespective of all the socio economic status of the household and for ensuring the transparency in the SECC list that has been prepared.

Project Title:      Survey for Nirmal Gram Puraskar
Year:                     2011
Location:             Haryana
Government of India (GOI) has been promoting sanitation coverage in a campaign mode to ensure better health and quality of life for people in rural India. To add vigour to its implementation, GOI launched an award based Incentive Scheme for fully sanitized and open defecation free Gram Panchayats, Blocks, Districts and States called “Nirmal Gram Puraskar” (NGP) in October 2003 and gave away the first awards in 2005 as a component of its flagship scheme Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).
The Ministry of Drinking water & Sanitation, Government of India, had awarded RDI to conduct a survey for Nirmal Gram Puraskar in 8 districts of Haryana. The main objective of the study was to assess the condition of sanitation and drinking water facilities in 378 villages of the selected districts. The findings of the study helped the government for planning & resource allocation in the state

Project Title:      An evaluation study of SGSY in Rajasthan
Year:                     2008
Location:             Rajasthan
SGSY being the premier Govt. of India scheme designed to address the poverty, the Govt. of Rajasthan in order to strengthen the scheme in state sanctioned the study to review the implementation and outcome of SGSY and the roadmap ahead.
The government of Rajasthan with an objective to assess the physical and financial progress, as well as qualitative observation on the effectiveness of the programme in 16 districts covering 48 blocks and 240 villages. The study entailed in finding the new in initiatives and innovations in SGSY and development of roadmap of SGSY for the state for the next five years for the state. Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of Rajasthan had given contract to RDI for performing the work.

Project Title:      Evaluation study of National Rural Employment Guarantee programme
Year:                     2008
Location:             Rajasthan
RDI had conducted a study to evaluate the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme with an objective weather the scheme is being implemented as per the prescribed guidelines of quality of work, vigilance & accountability mechanism set up under the provision of the act, level of awareness among the public and beneficiaries about the provision of the scheme, verification of wages as compared to the minimum wages, impact of the scheme on the lives of beneficiaries and the overhead expenses.
Centre for Good Governance, Government of Rajasthan has awarded the study to RDI.

Project Title:      Process Implementation, Benefit Disbursement, and Satisfaction level beneficiaries of Rural Development Programmes
Year:                     2016
Location:             Rajasthan
Process monitoring and assessment of any scheme being a effective tool for the proper implementation of any development scheme.
The Directorate of Economics and Statistics (DES), Government of Rajasthan, sanctioned a project  in order to assess the status of MGNREGA work and satisfaction of job card holders in the implementation of the scheme.The water and sanitation which would include status of construction of toilets and its use and availability of drinking water and it’s quality.
To assess the status of services on Atal Seva Kendra; status of payment of Palanharyojna,  pension & Scholarship scheme; status of opening of Aanganwadicentres and the nursery and Preschools running by it;  availability of G.S.S. seeds & fertilizers and its distribution process, mal practices and satisfaction level of farmers;  and condition of rural roads and it’s sustainability.
RDI has conducted the study in all the 33 districts of Rajasthan covering a sample size of 21000 Households which has helped Government of Rajasthan for planning new strategies and policies.

Project Title:       An Evaluation of Skill Training Programs for Livelihood Promotion under Rajasthan Mission on Livelihood
Year:                     2007
Location:             Rajasthan
In order to assess the skill training programme and the socio-economic impact of the scheme, The Centre for Good Governance, Government of Rajasthan has awarded RDI to conduct a study entitled, ”An evaluation of  skill training programmes for livelihood promotion under Rajasthan mission on livelihood”.
The main objective to assess the strength and problems of skill development programmes. It also assessed remedial measures for overcoming problems/difficulties and the efficacy of existing skill training programmes, training institutes and industry interface. For tracking the livelihood of trainees and physical and financial progress of the programme.

Project Title:       Impact Assessment Study of Rural Development Programs
Year:                     2003-04
Location:             Haryana, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
RDI has conducted a study for Ministry of Rural Development, Government of Haryana with an objective of the assignment to assess the impact of RD programmes in the districts.
In order to assess the impact of RD programmes, RDI has entailed Physical and Financial performance of the schemes, the socio-economic status of local people and suggested remedial measures required for both policy and spatial areas.
The study covered 1800 households in 120 villages of 12 blocks of Rohtak, Karbianglong and West Siang districts of Haryana, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Project Title:       Concurrent Evaluation of Sampoorna Gramin Rozgaar Yojana (SGRY) scheme
Year:                     2003      
Location:             Bihar
The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has entailed RDI to conduct concurrent evaluation of SGRY scheme in 12 districts of Bihar.
In order to assess the objectives of the study namely the status of quality of assets created and physical and financial performance of the scheme, RDI has conducted the study.
The study also emphasizes on improvement of employment and living conditions of people below poverty line, the empowerment of Panchayati Raj at all the three tiers. The study helped the government to brought necessary changes in the policy and strategy adopted for future improvements.

Project Title: Comprehensive Socio-Economic Survey of JJ Clusters in Delhi
Year:               2012
Location:        Delhi
The study was conducted to identify the socio economic structure of JJ clusters in Delhi. The aim of the study was to assess number of people and households in JJ settlements/JJ clusters so as to implement development & resettlement programs. The study also aimed at identifying the affordability of the residents for housing and housing finance.
Suitable housing and related indicators were developed. One of the main objectives of the study was to identify the condition of existing social infrastructure such as health, education and social welfare / development programs being implemented in the area and understand people’s perception of their problems & aspirations.
The study was conducted in 77,156 households.
The study was commissioned by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, Govt. of Delhi.

Project Title: Slum Survey in Bihar under Support Programme for Urban Reforms in Bihar
Year:               2010 – 2011
Location:        Bihar
The Study objective was to assess the availability of infrastructure and basic services in the slum area. Socio-economic aspects, environmental aspects and land ownership of slum were identified. AutoCAD maps were also prepared of the slums identifying the boundaries and marking the dwelling units.
The Study was conducted in 28 towns of Bihar. Quantitative research methods were adopted. Finding of the study helped in identify the infrastructure and basic services available to the slum people. It also helped in identifying the areas that need further improvement.
The study was commissioned by IPE (India) and WSP International (UK).

Project Title: Socio-Economic Impact of Construction of Bridges in Rural Bihar
Year:               2009
Location:        Bihar
Aim of the study was to assess the socio-economic impact due to construction of bridges in rural Bihar. Quantitative research methodology was used and Semi structured interviews were conducted amongst the selected people residing near the bridge area.
A total of 6,000 households were covered for the study. The findings of the study helped in identifying the impact of bridge construction on the overall development of the people.
The study was commissioned by Bihar Rajya Pul Nigam Ltd.

Project Title: Impact Evaluation Study of Lower Registration Charges for Women in Rajasthan
Year:               2008
Location:        Rajasthan
An evaluation study was conducted to evaluate as well as to find out the impact of the scheme of low property registration fees for women, mainly in terms of increase in number of property registrations by women and its subsequent impact on women empowerment.
The study adopted both quantitative & qualitative research tools and covered 7 districts of Rajasthan. Women beneficiaries and  key – informants were selected to identify the actual impact .
The study was commissioned by Centre for Good Governance, Government of Rajasthan.

Project Title: Socio-economic study on incidences of suicide
Year:               Nov’ 1999 – Apr’ 2000
Location:        Andhra Pradesh
The main objective of the study was to explore reasons for the suicide committed by the cotton farmers. The study was conducted in four districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Mapping exercise was undertaken to assess the land ownership, and income-generating activities of the farmers. Study adopted both quantitative & qualitative methods. Focus group discussions were conducted amongst farmers to identify the actual reasons responsible for suicide.
The study was commissioned byMinistry of Agriculture, Govt. of India.

Project Title: Socio-economic study on functioning of public distribution system
Year:               Oct’ 2003 – Mar’ 2004
Location:        Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, & Orissa
The objective of the study was to assess the functioning and effectiveness of the public distribution system in 5 states of India. Response and implementation of the then newly introduced ‘Antyodaya’ scheme were also identified.
Study adopted both quantitative & qualitative methods. A total of 4000 Households were covered in 10 districts of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, & Orissa.
The study was commissioned by Ministry of Food, Consumer Affairs, & PDS, Govt. of India.