MRSS India inks strategic pacts with three global development agencies

24 Mar,2017

By A Correspondent


Within four months of its foray into social research practice, BSE-SME listed Majestic Research Services and Solution Ltd (MRSS India) has created a mark in this arena by collaborating project work with America India Foundation (AIF), Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and Population Council.(PC)


“We have taken baby steps into this segment as a novice and have already made a positive impact with slew of new clientele. We hope to maintain this momentum going forward,” said Raj Sharma, Chairman of MRSS India. AKF project pertains to students centered in three districts in Bihar to improve the quality of education in Muzaffarpur, Patna and Samastipur. Under this project, MRSS India will provide technical support in analyzing the data and prepare the report.


Speaking about the mandate to MRSS India, Prasann Thatte, Senior Programme Officer (Knowledge Management) of Aga Khan Foundation (India) said, “We find substantial scope for partnering with MRSS in helping understand the needs, constraints and aspirations of the communities we work with – and those we will work with as we expand into new territories – as well as measure the quantum of change our program have bought to their lives.”


The second project with AIF pertains to evaluation of learning resources centers in certain parts of Odisha. Under this project, MRSS India is executing a quasi-experimental design and mix-method for data collection, to be undertaken in two phases. The first phase will have an exploratory or formative approach which will help up the research design and prepare the data collection instruments. The evaluation would also involve learners’ achievement test where MRSS will prepare test papers for literacy and numeracy. “We also intend to evaluate pedagogical intervention and classroom practices along with learning outcomes of children,” said Varna Shriraman, Director – Learning, Evaluation and Impact of AIF.


The third project is from Population Council, which has involved MRSS in as an advisory member for its project titled Climate-induced Disasters in Odisha, India: Impacts, Adaptation and Policy Implications. “The main objective of the study is to understand the perceived impact of climate-induced disasters (e.g. Cyclone/Flood, Drought and Heat Wave) from societal, program and policy perspectives,” said Dr Sangram Kishor Patel, Senior Program Officer and Principal Investigator, (Climate Induced Disasters Project, Odisha) at PC.


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