Using and Creating Large-Scale Surveys

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India Policy Forum | December 2018

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network organized the India Policy Forum on 'Transforming Aspirational Districts Program.' IDinsight's India Lead, Ronald Abraham, discussed the implications of applying a data-driven approach to impact, with Prof S.V. Subramanian (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Dr Shamika Ravi (Brookings India). Ron highlighted the challenges that decision-makers face when using data for purposes other than the originally intended use. He also discussed the long time lag inherent in national surveys and the biases of administrative data. He also explained IDinsight's approach to collecting high-quality, high-frequency data for the NITI Aayog from 27 of India's aspirational districts.