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Research


We leverage research techniques and engage in partnerships to generate evidence that can both improve service delivery and impact public policy.

Why Research?


We believe that a research-driven approach is crucial to developing successful intervention models and learnings, evaluating our impact and building a robust knowledge base for the development sector.


Our team uses various research methods including randomised controlled trials to generate proof points of successful intervention models. We believe strongly in research partnerships and work frequently as technical partners to facilitate academic research on the ground.

Our Work


Our three-pronged research approach is core to our programme and advocacy work.

Data collection and analysis


Data collection is woven into our programme DNA. We currently manage over 290 data points from 50,000 households in Mumbai’s low-income settlements. Our team is trained in both qualitative and quantitative data collection, using mobile applications to facilitate the process and reduce errors.

Measuring impact


SNEHA’s Monitoring and Evaluation team comprises of public health researchers who monitor and track programme performance against key indicators. They are responsible for administering baseline, midline and endline surveys to evaluate the impact of our programmes. Our team holds monthly research meetings in order to generate new evidence and incorporate research insights across programs.

Research partnerships


We partner with governments, funders, and academic institutions to execute qualitative and quantitative research that can contribute to public health and policy literature. We also host and mentor volunteer researchers from national and international universities throughout the year.



Watch this video to learn more about our research, or get in touch to become a research partner.

Studying motivations and challenges of frontline workers


In 2015, our research team undertook an 18-month independent study on frontline workers to understand their motivations and challenges faced in program implementation. The study comprised in-depth interviews of several Integrated Child Development Services workers and health workers from four NGOs. The insights helped us and our partners develop strategies to enhance support to frontline workers and improve operational efficiency.


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