IDinsight is an international development organization that provides actionable evidence to policymakers and decision makers to help them make more socially impactful decisions.
We carefully tailor a wide range of analytical and quantitative tools to enable our clients to design better policies, rigorously test those ideas, and take informed action at scale to improve lives. Our services include experimental evaluation methodologies – including, but not limited to, randomized controlled trials – tailored to the priorities of international development decision-makers; monitoring and performance management systems to facilitate continuous data-driven improvement; and policy design consulting and scale-up support. We work closely with clients to incorporate evidence-based lessons into their program to further impact. In addition to our project portfolio, our Innovation team incubates new data and evidence tools that have the potential to increase the impact of the social sector.
For more information about our active and past work please explore the library of select projects and reports below.
Evaluating the Results of the World’s First Development Impact Bond
Background – Educate Girls mobilizing communities for girls’ education in rural India
Nearly three million girls, aged 6 to 14, are out of school in India. Even if enrolled in school, many students are not acquiring foundational skills like reading and basic arithmetic that can help them progress in school and life.
Educate Girls, a Mumbai-based NGO, trains community volunteers to encourage families to enroll their girls in school by making door-to-door household visits and to deliver a child-friendly supplementary curriculum in classrooms to improve basic reading and math skills. Educate Girls currently operates in over 12,000 villages and 21,000 primary schools across 15 districts in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
The Educate Girls Development Impact Bond – Testing a new tool for financing social programs
A Development Impact Bond (DIB) was set up to finance Educate Girls’ program in Bhilwara district, Rajasthan. DIBs are a new tool for financing social programs in which an investor provides capital up-front to a service provider and earn a return from a donor based on the effectiveness of the program. By shifting the focus from inputs to outcomes and incentivizing service providers to improve programs, DIBs hold the potential to make social programs more cost-effective. The lessons from this world’s first DIB are informing the viability and design of future results-based financing models.
The Educate Girls Development Impact Bond (EG DIB) is a joint project between the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Educate Girls, the UBS Optimus Foundation, Instiglio, and IDinsight (collectively, the “Working Group”). UBS Optimus, acting as the investor, financed EG’s project implementation, while CIFF paid for educational outcomes as evaluated by IDinsight. Instiglio is managing the project.
IDinsight’s service – Rigorous evaluation of learning and enrollment to determine DIB payments
IDinsight designed and conducted a three-year impact evaluation of Educate Girls’ program in Rajasthan to determine financial returns in the EG DIB. We measured two outcomes: learning gains of boys and girls in grades 3-5 and enrollment of out-of-school girls.
Learning gains, which made up approximately 80% of the final DIB payments, were evaluated in a village-clustered randomized control trial, the gold standard of scientific evidence. The evaluation involved a sample of ~12,000 students across 332 schools in 282 villages. Half of these villages were randomly assigned to receive Educate Girls’ program while the other half represented the comparison group. Learning gains were calculated as an aggregate treatment effect (instead of an average treatment effect) to incentivize Educate Girls helping low performers stay in school.