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.

Evaluation Study on Impact Assessment of selected schemes being implemented by Social Welfare Department, GoK 

The PAC project supported by Social Welfare Department, GoK, endeavours to undertake impact assessment of selected programmes / schemes targeted towards improving the lives of the SC population in Karnataka after implementation of the Karnataka Scheduled Castes Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan (SCSP/TSP) Act. The project will apply a Research to Action approach to ensure that findings from research can be turned into actionable remedies.Data currently available reveals that there are certain inequalities among SC/ST populations when compared to the general population in Karnataka. In order to reduce these developmental gaps, there has been a manifold increase in government spending to address the same and ensure adherence to the Act.

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

This project is supported by five ESCOMs in Karnataka (BESCOM, HESCOM, MESCOM, CESC and GESCOM) to systematically assess the quality, responsiveness, and outcomes of basic services provided by ESCOMs using PAC’s Citizen Report Card (CRC) tool.

Evaluation of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme

Supported by United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), this research seeks to assess the effectiveness of India’s longest-serving South-South Cooperation (SSC) process, the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme within the framework of the latest BAPA+40 outcome document. 

Study of Welfare Impact of usage of Construction Workers Welfare Board Cess in Karnataka

This project, supported by Karnataka Evaluation Authority (KEA), Govt. of Karnataka, focuses on evaluating the functioning of the different schemes under the aegis of the 1996 Act and the 2006 rules under which the cess is collected and spent.  Primary and secondary data will be used for this study.

Conducting Social Audit of Building and Other Construction Workers’ (RECS) Act, 1996 and Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996

This project will assess the activities undertaken by the Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (KBOCWWB) for the welfare of construction sector workers and identify gaps in implementation and effectiveness of the same.

Developing System Optimization Solutions for Procurement of Medical Supplies for the Government Health Care System in Karnataka

The three year project with Karnataka State Drug Logistic and Warehousing society aims to use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning techniques and Optimisation models to streamline the procurement, and supply of drugs and equipment.

Corporatization of Karnataka State Drug Logistic and Warehousing society (KSDLWS)

The project aims to provide technical support to KSDLWS for registering the society as Section 8  company and develop Standard Operating Processes for registered company.

Application of Data Analytics in Healthcare and Health Personnel Deployment Optimisation

The three year project with Department of Health and Family Welfare Services and AYUSH aims to identify vacancies of staff across all the public health institutions in Karnataka and develop Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning  based dashboard for adequacy, accessibility of Health Institution across the state.

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 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.

Establish and Institutionalise the International Migration Centre – Karnataka (IMC-K)

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.

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.

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).