Ongoing Projects

The research areas adapted by PAC not only is topical in the public policy space but also serves as a learning to reach the last mile. This is done by fostering ‘learning by doing’.PAC ensures mainstreaming of gender perspective in all the key research areas. While gender mainstreaming will not be seen as an end in itself, it will be the means towards the goal of gender equality.

Citizen Monitoring of Fair Price Shops (FPS) in Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state of Karnataka (with DASRA-Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives-APPI)

The project supported by DASRA and APPI aims at standardizing the citizen monitoring process towards improving the functioning of FPS that can be replicated across geographies and other public services.

Improving Service Delivery for the Welfare and Development of Children under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) with the Women and Child Department (Government of Karnataka)

The three year project supported by the Women and Child Department, Government of Karnataka will work at enabling community ownership of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) centres to hold accountable service providers in the ICDS service delivery value chain.

Study on the linkages between Women Empowerment and Human Development: Himachal Pradesh
(With Azim Premji University)

This project along with Azim Premji University will study to understand the nature of and the factors contributing to the robust human development trajectory that the state of Himachal Pradesh has demonstrated and to explore the possible linkages between Women Empowerment, Health, Nutrition and Education (WEHENE).

Learning outcomes among children from disadvantaged families in Karnataka (with the University of Glasgow)

This project supported by the University of Glasgow aims to positively impacting the beliefs, aspirations and agency of parents belonging to poor marginalised communities (scheduled castes/tribes and minorities) in Rural Northern Karnataka, by improving educational/learning outcomes of children of socio-economically disadvantaged families.

Enhancing Community Ownership of Schools to Improve Outcomes: Social Accountability and Capacity Building (Department of Primary and Secondary Education DPSE– Government of Karnataka)

Supported by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) Government of Karnataka, this project aims to transform School Development Management Committees (SDMCs) through empowered communities, thereby improving accountability among service providers and enhancing learning outcomes.

Will women be a part of India’s future workforce? The Quest for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in India. (With Southern Voice)

The Southern Voice State of SDGs (SVSS) country case study will elaborate on progress in achieving SDGs 4  (Education and skilling), 5(Gender equality) and 8 (Labour, livelihood and employment) within the context of India. More specifically, this study will understand the effect of skilling on women’s participation in the Indian labour market. Given the alarming decline in female labour force participation rates not only in India but across the world, this study seeks to shed light on barriers and enablers to equitable labour force participation that will drive the SDG 8 dialogue during the High Level Political Forum of 2019. Through collaboration with other research teams from the Global South and the Southern Voice-Think Tank Initiative,PAC’s country case report will be a part of the Global “State of SDGs” report that is set to be released in 2019.

Establish and Institutionalise the International Migration Centre Karnataka (IMCK)

After submitting a report that laid down the basic road map for setting up of the International Migration Centre for Karnataka to the Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Department (Government of Karnataka),  we will now help the Government implement and set up the International Migration Centre.

Public Affairs Index

Public Affairs Index (PAI) is a data driven platform to rank the 30 States of India from the lens of governance. While it is a complex task to rank the Indian states which are economically, culturally and socially so diverse, Public Affairs Centre (PAC) has developed PAI as a unique statistical tool to evaluate the performance of governance in the States. The Public Affairs Index (PAI), is a log frame to measure the quality of governance in the states of India and rank them on a basis of a standardized data based framework. A flagship project of PAC, the three editions of PAI (2016, 2017, and 2018) was funded by IDRC.

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District Good Governance Index (DGGI) (Government of Himachal Pradesh)

A spin-off from the second edition of Public Affairs Index was a request from the state government of Himachal Pradesh to prepare a similar index at the district level known as the Himachal Pradesh District Good Governance Index. The project also seeks to assess the regional imbalances for corrective action and holistic development for the future.

District Industry Index (Government of Kerala)

The PAI inspired data driven framework was the foundation of yet another project that would enable the State Government of Kerala to measure and compare the performance of the 14 districts of Kerala in terms of their productivity, competitiveness and friendliness in the Industrial Sector. The study will assist the State Government of Kerala to assess the governance /Industry friendliness of the state as seen in the industrial sector within the14 districts with the intention of creating healthy competition among the districts of Kerala so as to improve their efficiency in the Industries sector, and their ability to woo industries to the districts.

National Human Rights Index

PAC has been tasked by the National Human Rights Commission to bring out a composite index, namely the National Human Rights Index (NHRI).The NHRI aims to provide a sound empirical basis for an objective assessment of the state of human rights at the sub-national level in India.

Impact Assessment of the Urban Practioners’ Programme

This project supported by the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS) measures the efficiency, effectiveness and enhancement (3E) potential of the Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP) for its participants.

An Assessment of Services provided by Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOM) in Karnataka

The project supported by the different ESCOMS (BESCOM, HESCOM,MESCOM, CESC and GESCOM) will involve using PAC’s Citizen Report Card tool to gather customer satisfaction and provider satisfaction information to the 5 ESCOMS, in order to improve their service delivery.