Example Cases
The following examples demonstrate how our data and evidence have directly informed programmatic and policy decisions. 


 A woman responds to survey questions during questionnaire piloting in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.

A woman responds to survey questions during questionnaire piloting in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.

EXAMINING THE WORLD’S LARGEST BIOMETRIC IDENTITY INITIATIVE

Sponsor: Omidyar Network
Country: India
Finding: A majority of Indians value privacy, but also approve of linking Aadhaar to services; Aadhaar’s coverage is widespread, but the quality of the data has room for improvement; 1.5 times more self-reported errors in Aadhaar compared to Voter ID; Demographic error-rate in Aadhaar is 8.8% vs. 5.7% for voter ID.
Action: Continued stakeholder engagement with policymakers based on new evidence is expected to inform state and central government actions on how to use Aadhaar to improve development efforts. 
Service: Landscape and evidence review, data-analytics

Project page |  State of Aadhaar Website | State of Aadhaar Report ‘16-’17 | State of Aadhaar Report ‘17-’18 |  The Times of India Coverage | Business Standard Coverage | Live Mint Coverage


 The Educate Girls symbol painted on a village home to indicate the households surveyed.

The Educate Girls symbol painted on a village home to indicate the households surveyed.

EVALUATING THE RESULTS OF THE WORLD’S FIRST DEVELOPMENT IMPACT BOND

Client: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Educate Girls, Instiglio, UBS Optimus Foundation
Country: India
Finding: Educate Girls surpassed the DIB targets for both learning gains and enrollment.
Action: In addition to determining final payments, midline results from IDinsight’s evaluation enabled Educate Girls to fully realize the flexibility in programming provided by DIB set-up and make effective, data-driven course corrections along the way.
Service: Decision-focused evaluation

Project page   |   Technical Report  |   The Brookings Institute Coverage | The Economist Coverage


 A d.light solar system in a home in Uganda.

A d.light solar system in a home in Uganda.

MICROPAYMENTS FOR SOLAR LIGHTING

Clientd.light
Location: Uganda
Finding: Households save approximately 1.40 USD/week, which corresponds to 77 per cent of weekly energy expenditure
Action: USAID and other funders used this evidence to inform their decision to fund d.light to scale
Service: Decision-focused evaluation

Project Page | Journal Abstract


 A community member in Cambodia shares her preferences as part of IDinsight data collection.

A community member in Cambodia shares her preferences as part of IDinsight data collection.

MICROFINANCE LOANS FOR SANITARY LATRINES

ClientiDE
Country: Cambodia
Finding: Offering consumer financing for sanitary latrine increased sales more than 4-fold, from 12% to 50%, reduced operational cost per sale 70%
Action: iDE is scaling this model
Service: Decision-focused evaluation, Preference elicitation

Project page   |   Policy brief   |   Journal abstract


 A community member in Zambia shares her experience with institutional deliveries.

A community member in Zambia shares her experience with institutional deliveries.

MAMA KITS TO INCENTIVIZE INSTITUTIONAL DELIVERY

ClientMinistry of Health, Republic of Zambia
Country: Zambia
Finding: Low-cost “mama kits” increased institutional delivery rates by 47%, from 23% to 34%
Action: Mama kits are now on the essential medicines list for government facilities across Zambia and recommended by MoH to maternal health implementing partners.
Service: Decision-focused evaluation, Data analytics

Project page   |   Policy Brief  |   Technical report   |
World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior   |  Journal Abstract


 ITNS are distributed to community members in Rural Zambia.

ITNS are distributed to community members in Rural Zambia.

COMMUNITY-LEVEL POINT DISTRIBUTION OF INSECTICIDE-TREATED BED NETS (ITNS)

ClientMinistry of Health, Republic of Zambia
Country: Zambia
Finding: Point distribution can achieve high ITN ownership and use and reduce costs by 25% versus door-to-door distribution.
Action: Zambia’s ITN distribution guidelines changed to allow point distribution, making large scale ITN distributions faster and more affordable.
Service: Decision-focused evaluation

Project page   |   Policy Brief  |  Technical report    |  
 World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior   |  Journal Abstract


 An employee of the Power Holding Company reads the electricity meter as part of his collection rounds across the state.

An employee of the Power Holding Company reads the electricity meter as part of his collection rounds across the state.

CONTRACTING OUT METER READING AND REVENUE COLLECTION

ClientBihar State Power Holding Company, Government of Bihar
Country: India
Finding: Contracting out electricity meter reading and revenue collection to local enterprises led to a 35% increase in the proportion of paying consumers in rural areas, from 33% to 44%. However, the proportion of consumers whose meters were read did not increase.
Action: The Power Holding Company – despite feedback from some field-staff to shut down these local enterprises – decided to continue the intervention, but with disincentives for not meeting meter-reading targets. Increased revenue will improve electricity supply and expansion of the electrical grid.
Service: Decision-focused evaluation, Monitoring, Process evaluation, Data analytics

Project page


 Mothers complete their surveys as part of data collection exercises.

Mothers complete their surveys as part of data collection exercises.

WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR ZINC/ORS KITS

ClientColaLife
Country: Zambia
Finding: Re-usable “jar” packaging that is 33% more expensive than flexible plastic packaging did not increase sales of ORS-Zinc product at any price point.
Action: ColaLife uses cheaper packaging for most operations
Service: Preference elicitation

Project page   |   Technical report (rural)   |   Technical report (urban)

 

Banner Photo: Vitalite field agent Mary Mpupuma (and her son) in front of their shop in Shantumbu, Zambia. Credit: Will Slotznick

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