Role Of Technology In M&E

When it comes to monitoring and evaluation (M&E), technology plays a significant role. More than anybody else, a researcher like me who began their work before 2000 can only understand this. Forget about applications; we didn’t have computers to handle and analyse data in our offices back then. I was sharing with my colleague yesterday […]

Mixed Method Research

Why Mixed Method Research is done? With the development and perceived legitimacy of both qualitative and quantitative research in the social and human sciences, mixed methods research, employing the combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches, has gained popularity. The problems addressed by social and health science researchers are complex, and the use of either quantitative […]

Difference between Case Study and Best Practice

In the end of the session that DevInsights conducted jointly with Bernard Van Leer Foundation on the topic “Reporting and Learning in MEL”, a participant asked me – what is the difference between a “case study” and “best practice”? This was an excellent question, indeed. Firstly I tried to expound whether we should call it […]

The A (accountability) and L (learning) of MEAL

The monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) system is only effective when project teams use data to demonstrate and improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and, ultimately, the outcomes and impact of their projects. While gathering and analysing monitoring and evaluation information is crucial, even more, crucial is to inform management decisions, which in turn promotes and […]

Seven incredible years of DevInsights

DevInsights (DI) is celebrating its seventh (7th) birthday on December 4, 2022. The journey of DI started in a small corner of our living room, with a desk and chair sponsored by my father, furnishings and stationaries supported by my wife (also one of the co-founders of DI), and lots of blessings from my mother. […]

It’s time to stop overthinking yesterday

By the time this article gets published, we would have already completed 313 days of the year 2022. Like every year, you would have made plans for the year 2022, right? You had goals and dreams and expectations. You look back into the past 313 days and see where your original plans are. Some of […]

If you are following a goal, first see what can kill it for you

Decision-making in life or business is an essential part of the success of your goal or your company. A lot of factors come into play when making decisions, some of which are predictable and some are not. A good decision is one that has been thought through thoroughly and analyzed for all possible outcomes. The […]

Team: the oxygen of an organisation

Revenue is important for a business, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Arguably, the money that comes in, makes the company work. But the long-term success of a business depends on the team. Leaders creating leaders. A leader can set an example and inspire others to follow the best practices and make them […]


India is a contributor of close to one third of the world’s burden of under nutrition. With the given population of the country and observing the ever-increasing rise in the same it has become imperative to invest in actions to reduce all forms of malnutrition not just for India itself but also for the attainment […]


Rice is the basis of livelihood and the staple food for an overwhelming majority of the country’s population. It provides for the livelihood of nearly 0.86 billion (of the population residing in the rural parts of the country. More than 80% of the farmers growing rice in the country are small and marginal farmers for […]