The Implementation Division engages in high-impact implementation projects that link closely to research insights and are backed by rigorous evaluation processes.  Implementation teams embed with local partners, often government departments or agencies, to lead critical implementation efforts and contribute to capacity-building for sustainable change. The Tata Centre works closely with the International Innovation Corps (IIC) as its primary implementation partner in the areas of health and water & sanitation. 
 

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The IIC Model

The International Innovation Corps (IIC), founded in 2013 and based at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, implements scalable and sustainable interventions in India and Brazil. The IIC sends teams of recent graduates from leading universities in the U.S. and host countries to engage in yearlong implementation projects, typically with a government partner. Before beginning their implementation work, IIC Project Associates complete a rigorous five-week training designed to hone the skills they need to make rapid on-the-ground contributions. The IIC provides light-touch managers and mentors to help teams of Project Associates achieve their projects’ goals.

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Research-Driven Impact

Implementation efforts at the Tata Centre draw on affiliated research projects to bring data-driven insights to bear on complex development challenges. Each implementation project may address the same or related questions as the associated research project, and the implementation and research teams collaborate to ensure an exchange of ideas on best practices, key challenges, and promising solutions. 

Scaling & Evaluation

Whether implementation means piloting a new solution or scaling a successful pilot, the Tata Centre’s implementation efforts are strongly oriented towards scalability. IIC Project Associates develop rigorous evaluation methods for each project, intended to assess impact and potential for scaling. Through the Executive Education Division, the Tata Centre is able to spread the knowledge and tools needed to scale high-impact solutions throughout networks of government officials and private sectors leaders across India. 

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SAST Project (Bangalore, Karnataka)

In partnership with the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST) of the government of Karnataka, a TCD-IIC team will assist SAST in the implementation of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), a government health insurance scheme for families with income levels below the poverty line. The scheme's objective is to reduce these families' out of pocket expenditures on health and increase their access to healthcare. Project Associates will support data analytics, recommend improvements to the enrollment campaign based on research findings, and help increase awareness about free health insurance to improve access to affordable health care across Karnataka. The Research team is also conducting an evaluation of RSBY in Karnataka to evaluate the impact of RSBY on health and economic outcomes. 

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Kakatiya Projects (Hyderabad, Telangana)

In partnership with the Irrigation and CAD Department (ICADD) of the government of Telangana, a TCD-IIC team is working on a new rural economic development project. ICADD is repairing water tanks in mass across the state to improve access to water for irrigation. The team is helping agricultural communities maximize benefits of this increased water supply by developing a local infrastructure to ensure proper management of tanks and fair distribution of resources. The team is also helping educate farmers about the benefits of diversifying crops and connecting with alternative markets to sell goods at more competitive rates. The Research team is also conducting an evaluation of the project to assess the environmental impact of the water tank rehabilitation project.

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DPOL (new delhi, delhi)

The Delhi Government and the TCD are keen to solve the city of Delhi’s pollution problems through policy, advocacy, technology and research. Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world with poor air quality seriously impacting health outcomes for its citizens. While momentum is gathering towards tackling the issue, there is still a long way to go before the problem is solved. A Tata Centre-IIC team is partnering with the Delhi Government to work on new initiatives in air pollution and solid waste management aimed at reducing pollution levels in Delhi.