The Tata Centre for Development at UChicago develops innovative, integrated approaches to tackling some of India’s most pressing development issues. With generous support from the Tata Trusts, the Tata Centre combines implementation, research and executive education to execute ambitious pilots, evaluate new solutions, and spread insights to key decision-makers who can translate research findings and successful pilots into wider impact. The Centre is housed at the Harris School of Public Policy in Chicago and the University of Chicago Trust in India.

Our Approach

Taken separately, neither research, nor implementation, nor training is sufficient to develop sustainable on-the-ground change. Research and impact evaluations provide increasingly in-demand insights on government programs, but it can be difficult to translate these insights into action. Implementation efforts often lack sufficient evaluation, and even successful local pilots can be difficult to scale. Executive education offerings for government leaders are limited and many times struggle to present research insights in understandable, actionable ways.


Our Focus Areas

The Centre’s initial work focuses on three key areas: health, water & sanitation, and energy & the environment. 


About the Tata Trusts

The Tata Trusts, comprising the Sir Ratan Tata Trust & Allied Trusts and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust & Allied Trusts, are among India’s oldest philanthropic organizations. The Trusts have been working to empower the under-served communities of Indian society since 1919, providing financial support to non-profit organizations across the country, while also engaging directly in the areas of natural resource management and rural livelihoods; education; health; media, arts, crafts and culture; and urban poverty and livelihoods.

In order to address these gaps, the Tata Centre integrates these three strategies to build a problem-driven, scalable model for addressing critical development challenges in India. The Centre tackles discrete, tractable problems by:
•    Implementing a pilot solution,
•    Evaluating the impact of the pilot through rigorous research, and
•    Creating training and capacity building programs to disseminate the results.