The idea

Pragmatix is a development consultancy organisation committed to developing new information, research, tools and methods to empower those who work to make local communities self-reliant. Pragmatix aims to combine skills, expertise, knowledge, and commitment in an effort to track change and spread innovative ideas and successes, while learning from mistakes and failures.

At a Glance

Pragmatix is a professional company that believes in carrying out high-quality development consultancy work, be it reports and studies and workshops or editing, graphic design or desktop publishing. We combine thorough field-level knowledge, with clear and fresh analytical thinking. We have a flat and transparent organization with a mixture of old and young, male and female, from different parts of India and Nepal. We have a friendly 'family-like' atmosphere in our office, and a large extended family of trained field workers who are ready to drop everything and join us for large-scale assignments. We are committed to doing good quality work, with integrity, sincerity and dedication; to develop tools, methodologies, and skills, and to strengthen the hands of those who work at the grass roots, so that they are more effective in assisting those who need help the most. We are at call, should you feel we can promote your cause.

The Profile

Set up in June 2004, Pragmatix has a range of high quality and innovative skills. Its consultancy services include research and analysis, participatory appraisals and evaluations, qualitative information system (QIS) database development and hands-on training, workshop facilitation, editorial services, graphic design and software-based advocacy tools and techniques. Pragmatix has a small full-time staff of experienced consultants, and can call upon the services of more than 100 field investigators, coordinators and experienced consultants in India , Nepal and Sri Lanka to undertake both large-scale fieldwork and short-term consultancy inputs. Given ground-level support, Pragmatix can also work with and train other country teams in all areas of expertise.

What we Believe

Information is the key to empowering the rural and urban poor and making them self-reliant and independent. Information embodies and symbolises power and the lack of access to information enslaves the poor. Since we do not directly work at the grassroots level, the next best thing, we believe, is to strengthen the hands of those who do.

Our Strength

Data management of large Data Sets

Pragmatix is using new tools and techniques of data management (Android, ODK and app based methods). We are doing online data collection by using tablets, handheld device, mobile based plate forms. Pragmatix has handled many large-scale multi-country evaluation and research of large data sets with distinct parameters. Pragmatix is known for its unique skills of data management and expedite evaluations (starting from design to report). We are now providing GIS enabled services for our field researchers for tracking field level management, practices and data follow up. This brings in high transparency and quality assurance for all types of evaluations & designs.

Primary data collection

• Using handheld devices such as Tablets, Smart phones and Mobile phones etc.
• Using Android ODK Apps, Smartphone Apps, Mobile Apps by using JAVA /Scripting, Dot Net and Visual Basic.
• Customized databases using SQL and MS ACCESS / Visual Basic & SQL for data entry and query based analysis
• High level of Validations for Quality Assurance of data collection and data entry
• Onsite Visualisation and progress of field survey process

Impact Assessments / Monitoring & Evaluations

Pragmatix is well known for its expertise in Propensity Score Matching (PSM), Randomised Control Trails (RCTs), Difference in difference (DID), Quantified Participatory Assessment (QPA) based assessment, Correlations and Regressions, case studies, participatory rural appraisals, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and real stories based evaluations for impact assessments, monitoring, research and documentation. Pragmatix brings experience of designing and delivering rigorous high quality impact evaluations using large-scale mixed method design addressing the "before-after", and "treatment-control" and participatory impact evaluations, in agriculture, micro finance, education, health, water, governance, livelihoods and study tours.

Tools and Techniques

• Propensity Score Matching (PSM)
• Difference-in-Differences (DID)
• Randomised Control Trails (RCT)
• Quasi-Experimental Designs (QED)
• Before and After Matching (B&A)
• Intervention and Non Intervention (I&NI)

The Quantified Participatory Assessment (QPA)

The Quantified Participatory Assessment (QPA) is the assessment methodology at the community level, to collect stakeholder perceptions and convert them into numbers using an ordinal scoring system. These findings are entered into a database, analysed and the discussed at multi-stakeholder meetings aimed at generating positive course correction steps.

The Qualitative Information Appraisal (QIA)

The Qualitative Information Appraisal (QIA) is a complete package comprising the QPA, multi-stakeholder meetings and an action planning report, which can be used for qualitative baselines, mid-term appraisals, and end of projects evaluations or even for annual assessments for a limited sample of the project area.

The Qualitative Information System (QIS)

The Qualitative Information System (QIS) is a package that offers projects and programme level monitoring and evaluation of qualitative information from community assessments in project areas. It comprises a web-based repository of all qualitative information, including findings from QIAs, case studies and special reports.

Skill Management

Pragmatix carries out high quality academic and field-based research for the development sector, to document implementation experiences in visualisation, therefore we believes in high quality data validations and data analysis. Our team is equipped with latest versions of STATA, SPSS, MS Excel, MS Access, NVIVO9 (qualitative data) for generating high level of analysis and visualisation. By using STATA, SPSS and NVIVO9, we generates frequency of responses, histograms, correlations, regression and advanced statistical analysis.


Analytical Skills

· Pragmatix enables its networks and partnerships of Community Business Organisations (CBOs), Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Micro-Finance Institutions (MFIs), multilateral, bilateral, INGOs, government, academic institution and corporate organizations to achieve their objectives. Pragmatix has worked with over 300+ development partners directly. We engage with partners in four ways – through expert inputs, facilitated processes, demonstration (including incubation), and outsourcing – while continuously learning and innovating. Pragmatix strives to be at the cutting-edge of advances in our areas of work. Our commitment and professionalism; focus on issues and outcomes; flexibility and ability to marry multiple worlds, methodologies and approaches; ability to provide services at scale; and enable clients to realise value for their money make us a unique organisation.

· Pragmatix is a leading development support in India. Pragmatix has more than 11+ years of experience of supporting development organisations in India and South Asia, South-East Asia and Africa. It works with the vision of improving the quality of life of the disadvantaged groups through strengthening effectiveness of development policies, processes and outcomes. Towards this, Pragmatix supports various development partners in effectively managing their processes though M&E, impact evaluations, research and communication. Pragmatix handled more than 250 assignments in various domains. It has staff from various disciplines and institutes such as Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), University College London (University in London Borough of Camden, England) and various colleges of social work and rural management.