The Department of Economics at Monk Prayogshala received a grant from Project Mumbai, a not-for-profit civic initiative. This project aims to use behavioural interventions to improve voter registration among young citizens in Mumbai, India.

Team Members: Anirudh Tagat, MSc; Anchal Khandelwal, BA; Manasvini Abhyankar, BA; Archa Joshi, MSc; Ajay Ranjan.

Grant Duration: 2 months (August 2019 - September 2019).


The Department of Sociology at Monk Prayogshala entered a collaborative research partnership with CRY (Child Rights and You). This project will study child artists in Mumbai with the objective of mapping all stakeholders in this sector.

Team Members: Sumati Thusoo, MA; Anirudh Tagat, MSc; Hansika Kapoor, PhD.

Grant Duration: 6 months (July 2019 - December 2019)


The Department of Psychology at Monk Prayogshala entered a collaborative research partnership with the Poddar Foundation (a charitable trust working in health and wellness in India since 2016). This project will put together a white paper on that deals with psychoeducation and providing directives that need to be taken by the various stakeholders in the mental health care sector in India in regard to mental health insurance.

Team Members: Sampada Karandikar, MSc; Hansika  Kapoor, PhD; Yashi Gandhi, Sanskriti Jitani, Prakriti Poddar

Grant Duration: 4 months (May 2019 - August 2019)


best practices in the NGO sector in india

Monk Prayogshala, in collaboration with the EdelGive Foundation undertook a comprehensive research project on understanding best practices in the non-profit sector in India. This work was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project covers five broad issues central to the sustainability and success of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in India:

  1. Building Strong Foundations

  2. Building Sustainability of NGOs for Social Impact

  3. Growing at Scale: Best Practices in Scalability

  4. Skilled Futures: Best Practices in Capacity Building and Community Engagement

  5. Coalition to Convergence: Best Practices in Outreach and Advocacy

Team Members: Sumati Thusoo, Vedika Inamdar, Dipannita Bhattacharjee, Dr. Hansika Kapoor, Lorelle Murzello, and Anirudh Tagat

Grant Duration: 10 months (March 2018 - January 2019)

Read the papers here.

impact assessment of a cancer wellness program

Monk Prayogshala received a grant from Sanjeevani…Life Beyond Cancer to plan, design, and implement an impact evaluation of its holistic intervention program (the Wellness Program) for cancer patients. This study will assess the effects of the program by conducting interviews and surveys with participants on various health parameters at the beginning and then at the completion of the program. In addition to the pre- and post- intervention assessments of participants of new and concurrent batches, the study also proposes to hold interviews with participants of previous batches to assess the sustainability and long term effects of the Sanjeevani intervention.

Team Members: Aneree Parekh, Sampada Karandikar, Dr. Hansika Kapoor, Dr. Shoma Chakrawarty, and Anirudh Tagat

Grant Duration: 6 months (May 2018 - November 2018)

The final report of the project will be uploaded shortly.


toilet champions: latrine adoption in rural odisha

Monk Prayogshala, in collaboration with the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) was recently awarded a grant by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) under Phase-I of the Promoting Latrine Use in Rural India Thematic Window. The project, currently at the formative study stage, will look to establish the role of community governance and leadership in bringing about behavioural change in latrine adoption in rural Odisha.

Team Members: Maria Laura Alzua, Habiba Djebbari, Anirudh Tagat, and Gram Vikas (Implementing agency)

Grant Duration: 4 months (January - April 2017)


intra-household resource allocation in rural tamil nadu

Monk Prayogshala, in collaboration with the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, secured funding as team PIERI-12792 by the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), for running a research project that will experimentally evaluate intra-household bargaining in the context of MGNREGS participation in rural Tamil Nadu.

Team Members: Hari K. Nagarajan, PhD; Savita Kulkarni, PhD; Anirudh Tagat, MSc Economics; Hansika Kapoor, MA Psychology

Grant Duration: 1 year (October 2015 to October 2017)

Read our Policy Brief here and the Working Paper from the project here.

See press coverage by The Hindu of the Policy Workshop here and here.