Data collection, research and evaluation services across India during COVID-19

Lockdowns and social distancing measures have severe implications for data collection, research and evaluation services that many academics and donors from across the world commission for their research projects in South Asia. Here Prerna Mukharya (GK Research Foundation) explains the challenges owing to the national lockdown in India and how it affects her organisation’s ability to provide essential information for impact assessment projects under conditions of social distancing.

Understanding the COVID-19 Infodemic: How Misinformation Impacts Mindsets

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, very correctly said, “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic,” referring to fake news that, “spreads faster and more easily than this virus.” Adding to this, WHO explained that an infodemic makes it difficult to identify a problem because it provides excessive information (misinformation and rumors) about a problem, which can hamper an effective public health response and create confusion and distrust among consumers of this information.

Using drones for social sector research

While drones have historically been used in military operations, their application for peaceful purposes has risen steeply in recent years. In this note, representatives from Outline India – a research and development consultancy firm – discuss their efforts to integrate drones in social sector research to make data analysis more evidence-based, visualise policy performance, and produce actionable research materials to aid public policy making and monitoring.