Background of Pragmatix:
Pragmatix carry out high-quality academic and field-based research for the development sector to document implementation experiences in the field. Pragmatix is a passionate development support organisation, working in social development since 2004. Pragmatix provides quality research and advisory services to improve the effectiveness of policies, processes and outcomes. Services include data management, impact assessments, planning, monitoring, evaluations, research, capacity building, documentation and communication, Human Resource, and financial management. Our current strengths are in the domains of accuracy in Data Management, Field Research in Livelihoods, Health, Tourism, Education, Governance and study tours.
Pragmatix enables and 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 brings experience of designing and delivering rigorous high quality impact evaluations using large-scale mixed method design addressing the “before-after”, and “treatment-control” (using econometric designs such as randomised control trials, matched pairs, etc.), and participatory impact evaluations (using real stories, participatory rural appraisals), in variety of domains (agriculture, micro finance, education, health and livelihoods). For high quality data validation and data analysis, we are using STATA, SPSS, NVIVO9 (qualitative data), customised data entry using SQL and MS Access. Online data collection on JAVA and DOT NET platform.
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.
Pragmatix has its Head Office in Delhi, India. It also has regional and project offices in three different states of India. Each of the offices are supported by a core team of professionals with diverse expertise and experiences. Pragmatix has a project office in Kabul, Afghanistan. It has a network of professionals in India who get involved in various assignments on a case-to-case basis.
Pragmatix is well known for its expertise in Quantified Participatory Assessment (QPA) based assessment, Propensity Score Matching (PSM), Difference in difference, Correlations and Regressions based evaluations for impact assessments, monitoring, research and documentation in agriculture, livelihood, NRM, education, value chain management and health sectors. It brings in the unique strength of doing by itself and supporting variety of organisations like, Society for Sustainable Development for Afghanistan (SSDA).
In the past, Pragmatix has executed assignments relating to evaluation for different types of organizations. This includes Multilaterals like European Union, UNDP, World Bank; Bilateral like DFID; International Non Government Organizations like International Federation for Agricultural Development (IFAD), NELSEP, ENTRO and SSDA Afghanistan; Academic Institutions like Entrepreneurship & Management Development Institute Jaipur-EMI; Resource Organizations like PDCOR; Major Rural Livelihood Projects like UGVS, Aajeevika; Government Agencies/Departments; Private Organizations and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). It has executed assignments in more than 22 States of India including all states in North East.
Pragmatix has applied result based management tools and impact evaluation methodologies on variety of development approaches - rights-based, service-delivery oriented, self-Help based, advocacy-based, etc. Work spreads across variety of excluded marginalised groups - SC/ST, Pro tourism, poorest communities, women, differently-abled, indigenous communities. It brings in expertise in plurality of methodologies - Quantified participatory Assessment (QPA) and quantitative for evaluation. The team has good facilitation and capacity building skills (bilingual with local languages). Pragmatix is now is involved in major new tools and techniques of data management (Online collection via using different modes) in impact evaluations, using variety of methodologies, including quasi and experimental designs, and quantified participatory assessment and participatory impact evaluation designs. Pragmatix has handled many large-scale multi-state evaluation and research. Pragmatix is known for its unique skill of leading and expedite evaluations (starting from design to report), bringing together variety of CSOs, management consulting, education, thematic experts, banks and researchers, for development projects, natural process their strengths.
Along with IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Delft, Netherlands, Pragmatix has developed innovative and robust tools for participatory community assessments.
- 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): 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): 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.
These methodologies have been using since 2000, for project supported by DFID, ADB, World Bank, EC, Unicef and the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Africa and Vietnam.
Pragmatix produced for Overseas Development Institute, London, a web-based repository of field-experience with implementing Swajaldhara, the community-based water supply programme of the Government of India (www.securewater.org.uk). It is aimed at secondary stakeholders who work with rural communities and designed to provide a range of tried and tested approaches to common problems that beset field implementation.