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Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex


Grantee: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

The Institute of Development Studies will partner with the Freedom Fund in the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities of its anti-slavery work in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India.  IDS will partner with the Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices, India, to assist with implementation of the work.

The Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK (IDS) has a global reputation for its work on International Development.   IDS was ranked as the top UK University affiliated think tank and third in the world by the 2012 Global Go to Think Tanks report conducted by the University of Philadelphia.

The Participation research cluster at IDS is probably the leading participatory research methods centre in the world. It has over 20 years experience of pioneering and disseminating new participatory research approaches.  The Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices has one of the longest track records for participatory work in India.

The main components of planning, learning, monitoring and evaluation activities are:

1. Assess the relevance of partners’ interventions and identify priority socio-economic indicators.

IDS has selected 8 partners in several clusters of villages to engage in a comprehensive process of collection of “causal accounts”. This process will provide IDS with an unbiased and rigorous means of assessing the relevance of the hotspot interventions, and will also yield a handful of the most important socio-economic indicators to include in the baseline and follow up prevalence studies.

This process has now been completed, and the report is here.

2. Measure the change in slavery prevalence and the associated socio-economic changes.

IDS will work with a locally based research collaborator to train partners to conduct baseline and follow up assessments in a sample of the communities they work in to measure slavery levels and other key indicators of slavery.

The method being used for this prevalence study is outlined here.

3. Support selected partners to strengthen their strategic planning, M&E and learning.

IDS and Praxis will undertake action research alongside partners within approximately 4 clusters. IDS and Praxis will document how partners generate their change strategies and assist them to improve their collection of data for their on-going monitoring of work.

4. IDS will assess the hotspot as a whole for the relevance and effectiveness of the interventions.

IDS will provide an overall evaluation of the results achieved by the three-year hotspot program, highlighting learning for the Freedom Fund, its local partners and the wider anti-slavery movement.

5. Disseminate ongoing findings through the research accompaniment.

The final evaluation will be published as an IDS paper and disseminated through a variety of channels including production of at least two journal articles on the outcome of the research/evaluation and various media articles.