Research & Development Initiative 

Empowering Research 

Research and Development Initiative, an initiative towards equitable and sustainable future.

About Us

Research and Development Initiative (RDI), a research and consultancy firm, established in 1999 at Delhi, with an objective of providing quality consultancy and research inputs to development efforts of the govt. institutions and various allied agencies. Over the past 20 years, RDI has established itself as one of the premier research & consultancy organizations. An experienced team of professional research experts enables RDI to fulfill specific research needs of a very diverse clientele.
RDI has a rich pool of qualified professionals who have invaluable experience in the field of social and market research comprising of senior researchers from varied academic streams. We have a nationwide network of field professionals, located in various strategic locations across the country, enabling us to undertake large-scale field based research in a time-bound and quality manner, in any part of the country.
Our esteemed clients include several central and state govt. departments, public sector units (PSUs), private corporate firms and reputed international donor organizations.
We at RDI, are involved in both qualitative as well as quantitative research. Our forte lies in large size sample survey. We have a rich experience in conducting large scale sample surveys with PAPI, CAPI and mobile based software. RDI has in house capability of developing software as well.
RDI constitutes 5 major verticals; Social research, market research, Information Technology, Convention and Capacity Building.
RDI is fully equipped to handle various projects/studies such as Feasibility Studies, Baseline, Midline, End-Line Studies, Benchmark Surveys such as NFHS, DLHS, Beneficiary Needs Assessments, Impact Assessments, Performance Monitoring Studies, KAP Studies, Communication Needs Assessments, Program Evaluation Studies, Ethnographic Studies, Social Marketing Studies, R & R Studies, Business to Business and Industrial Research, Media Research, Consumer Research, Concept Development & Testing, Usage And Attitude Studies.
Apart from this, we also provide consultancy service for project formulation & planning, Opinion Polls, Convention, training of development sector functionaries, IEC strategy planning and IEC implementation etc.


Our vision is to provide a range of innovative solutions and technical assistance for overall equitable development and sustainable future.


Our Mission is to conceptualize and develop strategies to address the complex socio-economic issues & developmental crisis and to provide a healthier professional environment to our clients, employees and other stakeholders.

Our Services

Social Research

Social Research forms a major determinant to growth process in today’s world

Market Research

Market Research is an effective tool of business Planning.


Convention acts a tool of learning, understanding & dissemination through grounded interaction

IT Application

It is the set of processes and procedures involved in making software for small, wireless computing devices such as phones or tablets.

Capacity Building

Training is a vital part of human resource development & empowerment. Training allows individual to acquire new skills, sharpen existing ones …

Our Team

Mita Priyadarshini, Chief Executive Officer
Mita Priyadarshini is the Chief Executive Officer at Research & Development Initiative (RDI), a multi disciplinary research organization. In her career spanning two decades, Mita has worked extensively with the Government of India and with leading International multilateral Organizations on research assignments & consultancy pertaining to Gender Issues, Maternal & Child Health, Energy, Education, E-Governance, Rural Development and affiliated development sectors subjects.
With a strong insight in social issues, she has helped organize global conventions by conceptualizing & designing themes with overall direction and coordination. She is a regular speaker at various forums on social engineering.
Mita has keen interest in working for the marginalized section of the society. She has worked extensively at the grass root level with a particular interest in advocating for gender issues. Her involvement in public health, energy, rural development has led to an understanding of the need for affordable and sustainable solutions in rural India where the challenge is to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth.
In her various roles and assignments, she has been instrumental in designing & implementing social programs on creating awareness and making social impacts. With core competencies in
project conceptualization and research designing, she is deeply involved with corporates to create and execute their social support agendas. On behalf of donors, she has worked on strategy formulation and progress monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to ensure their compliance with the norms of the donor and grant agreements.
Besides these, Mita is also a key consultant in energy sector to Government of India (GoI) and leading PSUs with regards to clean cooking fuel.
Mita holds Masters and M. Phil in Social Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
John Gwite, Admin-Head

Mr. John is working as Chief Finance Officer cum office Administrator in RDI.  He has more than 21 years of progressively responsible experience.  He helps in coordinating office activities and operations to secure efficiency and compliance to company policies. His expertise includes oversee the issuance of financial information, understand and mitigate key elements of the company’s risk profile, monitor all open legal issues involving the company, ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements, maintain relations with external auditors and investigate their findings and recommendations.

Mr. Sushil Sahu, Vice President-Operations

Working as Vice President-Operations at Research & Development Initiative (RDI), Mr. Sahu has more than 19 years of experience in Project Management in Marketing & Social Research. He is deeply involved in Project planning, implementation and operations management.
He has experience in implementing large scale projects which involves overall logistic managements, Mobilization and imparting training of field personnel. He has managed benchmark surveys such as National family Health Survey, Annual Health Survey, Global Adult Tobacco Survey, Socio Economic Caste Census etc.,
He is also involved in Monitoring and develop mechanism for quality assurance, with proper risk mitigation. He has expertise in project implementation meeting all the geographical challenges in various parts of India. He has vast experience of project implementation in hilly and difficult terrains of our country.
He has expertise in interpretation of statistical model i.e. (Regression, factor & Time series analysis). He is having hands-on experience on data analysis software such as SPSS and SAS
He holds Masters in Business Administration (Marketing).

Arvind Kumar Pandey, Research Director

Mr. Pandey is working as a Research Director at RDI. With a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development, M.A. in Sociology and M. A. in History from Delhi University, He has over 19 years professional experience where he has handled large-scale consultancy projects in socio-economic and development sector. In his career span, he has worked extensively with varied clients such as IIPS, UNICEF India. With a Strong insight on both Qualitative and Quantitative research, he has undertaken assignments on Rural Development, E – Governance, Poverty issues and other sectors.

Mr. Pandey has been involved in several prestigious projects namely National level Monitoring, Evaluation study of SGSY scheme, Assessment of E- Governance Projects etc.

He is involved in Client Meetings, Research planning & designing, coordination, analysis and report preparation.

Our Presence

With its various backend and field teams, spread in various states across India working together in integration  with varying situations and projects, We at RDI, offer you a unique global range of research solutions in Social Research, Market Research, Capacity Building, Convention, IT application, Opinion Polls etc.

Established in Delhi, RDI continues to consolidate its presence in all geographical regions of India. We have been active with our operations in all zones of the country including N, S, E, W, NE and Central zone.

RDI has successfully completed large sample sized surveys in regions such as North East (Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya), rural spaces, LWE affected districts, hilly areas and Union Territories.

RDI is also committed to maintaining proximity with its clients and our long-established local roots stretching back many years offer you the guarantee of stability and consistency in data and analysis of projects. Wherever and whoever our clients are, we deliver them a level of service which reflects our signature.



Ministry Of Petroleum And Natural Gas

Government of India Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment

Ministry Of Women & Child Development

Ministry of Rural Development Government Of India

Ministry of Consumer Affairs , Food & Public distribution

Ministry Of Tribal Affairs

National Informatics Centre

Government of India Ministry Of Home Affairs

Join Us

We are a hive of different profiles. But we are united by a spirit of boldness. At RDI, whatever your skillset or your background, you will find like-minded individuals with whom you can think big and challenge the status quo.