Monitoring & Evaluation
The Research and Insights team at Janaagraha is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of different programmes at Janaagraha. This ensures that Janaagraha’s initiatives and projects are of the highest calibre in terms of quality, transparency and professionalism and helps towards programmes ensuring maximum intended impact.
Currently, the team monitors work done under the civic learning and civic participation strands within Janaagraha. Monitoring is done to:
- Ensure smooth functioning of, and timely deliverables on, all activities which form part of the programme
- Allow for strengthening of the activities to ensure maximum impact of the programme
- Allow for impact evaluation relative to data on the execution and quality of activities
- Ensure commitments made to donors, participating institutions/individuals, and the end recipients, are documented and delivered
- Facilitate greater knowledge sharing across teams and initiatives that would ensure greater efficacy in project planning and management
- Create a database of all initiatives and projects for future reference and comparison.
Janaagraha evaluates its initiatives/projects to try and understand their impact both in the short and long term. For an organisation that focuses on creating social change, this is a necessary and important process which allows reflection and course correction for programmes to ensure maximum impact and provides an evidence base to help advocate for change.
Reports of evaluations on Janaagraha’s programmes can be found on the publications page here
Chief Executive Officer
In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Srikanth works closely with the Board of Trustees and Governing Board in drawing up Janaagraha’s strategy and maintains oversight over Janaagraha’s day to day operations. Prior to this role. Srikanth was Coordinator-Advocacy and Reforms covering Janaagraha’s city-systems reform initiatives.
Srikanth is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and prior to Janaagraha worked with Standard Chartered Bank and KPMG.
Head – Research & Insights
Katie Pyle joined Janaagraha in 2014 and came to the organisation with more than eleven years’ experience in a combination of project management, social research, and research implementation. At Janaagraha, Katie manages the research team which supports Janaagraha's programmes looking to improve urban governance in India. Work includes monitoring and evaluating (M&E) internal programmes and research into urban issues such as voter list management, crime and safety, civic learning and civic participation.
Katie previously worked as a Research Manager at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) based in the UK where she managed the running of NFER’s omnibus and panel surveys and developed and launched their Pupil and Parent Voice. She was also an operations manager with NFER’s Trials unit. Katie worked on English primary and secondary school National Curriculum assessment development projects.
Katie has a wide range of publications, including a range of research on voter list management in urban India, programme evaluations (in Europe and India) as well as a range of reports and conference presentations on the views of teachers in England on contemporary issues in education such as government education reforms and equality and human rights in schools.
Katie has a first class BSc. (hons) in Psychology from the University of Warwick and an MSc. (with distinction) in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Wales, Bangor.
She loves sport, especially martial arts.
Senior Associate - Research & Insights
Tarun Arora joined Janaagraha in July 2016 and has over 3 years of research experience in the social sector. At Janaagraha, Tarun is part of the research and insights (R&I) team which supports other core Janaagraha programmes. While monitoring and evaluation forms the core part of the team’s work, the R&I team also delves into agenda research pertaining to voter list management, civic participation and civic learning.
Prior to working for Janaagraha, Tarun worked as a researcher at Best Practices Foundation, Bangalore and DCYT, Hyderabad where he was responsible for carrying out research for projects from organizations such as Fair Climate Network, UNDP-Huairo commission, Agasthaya foundation and many more.
Tarun completed his doctoral study in Economics in January 2017 from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He has presented his work at many national and international platforms. He has a range of publications based on his extensive work on trade and competitiveness of the Indian textile sector and work which he has done for Janaagraha and previous organizations.
He is an avid sports lover with soccer and badminton being very close to his heart. He is also a Heartfulness Mediation Trainer and strongly believes in maintaining a balance in spiritual and material aspects of one’s life.