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IDinsight launches a new interactive data dashboard illustrating the impact of COVID in rural India

27 January 2021

The new dashboard illustrates survey results from six states collected between March – September 2020.


January 27, New Delhi, India: IDinsight’s launches a new interactive data dashboard to help policymakers, the public, and other stakeholders visualise and analyse how rural Indian households were affected by COVID-19.

The dataset, collected between May and September 2020 in partnership with the World Bank and Development Data Lab, focuses on how COVID-19 affected people in India’s rural communities. The dashboard focuses on the following key areas: agriculture, labor and income, consumption, migration, access to relief services, and health.

The data was collected through three rounds of rapid phone-based sample surveys by IDinsight with approximately 5,000 respondents. The survey covers six states: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh. Each of the three rounds of rapid, high frequency surveys were conducted by IDinsight’s Data on Demand team in less than a week to provide valuable insights to government partners. This initiative spans beyond India with an aim of transforming how accurate, reliable data can be collected quickly at a low cost.

To navigate the data, IDinsight has created an interactive dashboard with visualizations that enable the viewer to analyze it over time, across geography, and through cross-analysis between outcomes of interest. Using the dashboard can help illustrate the challenges facing rural communities amidst the pandemic. The dashboard includes two views that users can cycle through:

  • Time Series – users can explore changes to key indicators over time
  • Bar Chart – users can explore data in more detail within a single point in time

There are also more detailed slices of the data illustrating insights on various demographic subgroups. These groups include: gender, caste, religion, and migration status. Furthermore, users can download the datasets and the survey tool to run their own analyses with all relevant links available through the website.

IDinsight has already released insights that have been synthesized from this data, and these publications are included in the website. The team will continue to share insights from the data over the coming weeks and months to help inform evidence-based policy decisions and conversations. The full data set can be downloaded here.

“We believe that the website will allow users to uncover insights on the depth of impact that COVID-19 has had (and continues to have) in rural India. The website will enable users to explore the various dimensions and intersections through which rural communities face the challenges of the pandemic,” said IDinsight Director Divya Nair.

About IDinsight

IDinsight is a global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilaterals, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. We work across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, and financial inclusion. We have offices in Dakar, Lusaka, Manila, Nairobi, New Delhi, and San Francisco.

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About the World Bank Development Data Group

The mission of the World Bank’s Development Data Group is to provide high-quality national and international statistics to clients within and outside the Bank and to improve the capacity of member countries to produce and use statistical information. As part of the international statistical system, the Data Group works with other organizations on new statistical methods, data collection activities and statistical capacity-building programs.

About the Data Development Lab

Development Data Lab works with governments and private firms to generate bespoke insights from our data platform or your own data.