Our year in review


IDinsight Senior Associate, Alec Lim with surveyors and barangay ​healthcare workers during data collection in the Philippines. ©IDinsight

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Our proudest efforts this year have centered around people, as we do our part to revolutionize the role data plays in improving their lives, both from the bottom up and the top down.

Research, Evaluation, and Data Director


Interim Executive Team

Improving equity in


with data and evidence

An IDinsight enumerator interviewing a respondent during ​data collection in Nagour, Rajasthan, India. ©IDinsight

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This year, we have seen how data and evidence can strengthen national and local health systems and improve equity in access to health resources.

In the Philippines, our health literacy survey was designed to represent all citizens, including those living in remote, rural areas. In these places, health literacy is the lowest, and yet health promotion outreach is limited. The data and insights we bring to policymakers feature the voices of underserved people, to ensure that their needs are considered in decision-making processes.

Interim Regional Director and Southeast Asia Lead, DataDelta

Contributing to equitable public health services at the national level

IDinsight enumerators interview respondents for the HPLS survey in the Philippines. ©IDinsight

Department of Health, the Philippines

Health Promotion and Literacy Longitudinal Study

In the Philippines, we are working with the Department of Health (DOH) as part of a nationwide survey to inform DOH’s Health Promotion Framework Strategy. Data collected will inform policies based on Filipino’s health behaviors and health risks.

For the first round of the study, IDinsight interviewed a total of 2074 adult Filipinos aged 18+ years old across all regions in the Philippines. The data was collected from April to June 2023. The second round of data collection is ongoing, with results expected to be

released in the first quarter of 2024.

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IDinsight enumerators interview respondents for the HPLS survey in the Philippines. ©IDinsight

Universal Healthcare

IDinsight is working with the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) to design and conduct the first national Universal Healthcare (UHC) survey. The survey will collect data on healthcare access, affordability, and quality.

The results of this survey will offer insights into the status of healthcare for Filipinos and health facilities in the country. The findings will enable evidence-based policy recommendations to make healthcare more accessible and equitable.

Read the UHC announcement

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Using AI chatbots and digital health to improve access to health resources

South African mothers can access health resources via a WhatsApp chatbot.

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Department of Health and Reach Digital, South Africa

Families need maternal and child health support through pregnancy and beyond. IDinsight ​designed an FAQ chatbot in partnership with the Department of Health and Reach Digital Health ​that enables new and expectant mothers to access resources and triages urgent requests to a ​live help desk. IDinsight received support from Google.org to further develop the chatbot.

More on our work here.

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Access to reliable and timely information is a major barrier to maternal health. We're excited to work on an open-source solution to address this challenge. With support from Google.org, we hope to make it cheap and easy for other organizations to deploy similar AI-powered question-answering services tailored to their contexts.

Director, Data Science

IDinsight’s Daniel N’guessan and Kevin Njefi-Pene pictured with Dr. Abram Amétépé AGOSSOUm Director of Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Togo; Dr. Makilioubè TCHANDANA, Division Chief of Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Togo; and Mr. DARE Napo Guitcha Betébe, Monitoring-Evaluation officer at the DSME, Focal Point Track20.

Ministry of Health, Togo

IDinsight collaborated with the Department of Maternal and Child Health (DSME) in Togo to optimize the implementation of two approaches (mobile strategy and open-door days) of distributing long-acting contraceptive products free of charge. We conducted a rigorous five-year (2018 - 2022) cost-efficiency analysis of the mobile strategy and the open-door days approaches.

The findings of this work will enable the DSME to make evidence-based decisions on optimal budget allocation among these approaches to maximize impact. With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, IDinsight is set to further amplify its impact, bolstering Family Planning policies and comprehensive reproductive health services for Togo’s women and girls.

Working to achieve equitable



Students studying in a Rising Academy Network school in Montserrado ​County, Liberia. ©John Healey/IDinsight

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Data-driven transformation is at the heart of our mission in West and North Africa. From establishing a robust Monitoring and Evaluation system for Early Childhood Education in Morocco – to quantifying the remarkable impact of Luminos Fund's program in Liberia – and optimizing reproductive health approaches in Togo through evidence-based analysis, our region exemplifies the power of informed decision-making.

We take pride in steering initiatives that not only collect data but translate it into tangible, positive outcomes, fostering a future where every data point contributes to lasting impact and equity.


Economist II

Co-Interim West & North Africa ​Regional Directors

Strengthening government education systems

A pre-school centre around Morocco during data collection. ©Raja Noureddine/IDinsight

Fondation Marocaine pour la Promotion de l’enseignement ​préscolaire, Morocco

IDinsight partnered with the “Fondation Marocaine pour la Promotion de l’enseignement ​préscolaire “(FMPS) to develop a robust M&E system, tracking the progress of children’s learning ​outcomes in Moroccan preschools.

This collaboration included building and transferring ownership of the integrated system, as well ​as training a dedicated M&E team for FMPS. Through these efforts, FMPS has become a leading ​force in Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Morocco, now managing an impressive 70% of public ​preschool offerings.

IDinsight is now working to further institutionalize evidence-based education practices within the ​government, solidifying FMPS’ enduring impact in ECE.

IDinsight Senior Field Manager Debendra Nag conducting a group activity with children at a school in Jharkhand, India. ©IDinsight

Sampoorna, India

IDinsight’s team is supporting the integration of social-emotional learning (SEL) skills into the public education system in Jharkhand state as the learning and evaluation partner for Project Sampoorna. The team is focused on assessing student SEL skills, teacher behavior, and attitudes about SEL. The baseline findings were shared with students and teachers through a participatory approach to inform program delivery and design.

We recently published our survey findings from the project on 'Why is socio-emotional learning important for whole child development?' which highlight the positive aspects of SEL on students’ lives, including academic performance, school graduation, and attendance rates.

ILI coaches Rochelle Van Rooyen and Sakeena Elloker with IDinsighters Christine ​Kahura, Washiela Petersen, and Rico Bergemann pose for a photo during the ​process evaluation. ©IDinsight

Instructional Leadership Institute, South Africa

IDinsight is collaborating with the Instructional Leadership Institute (ILI), the Zenex Foundation, and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to implement a rigorous impact evaluation of ILI's two-year leadership development program in 79 primary schools across South Africa’s Western Cape province. The program works with school leaders to improve school management and teaching practices, and ultimately, student learning outcomes.

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Improving learning outcomes for marginalized & vulnerable children

Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA): Treatment vs Control Group (Average Scores)

Luminos Fund, Liberia

Our evaluation of Luminos Fund’s program for out-of-school children in Liberia found that their students read 3x more words per minute and showed a 2x increase in addition and numeracy skills, compared to a control group.

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The most important finding to me is the size of the impact ​estimates or treatment effects. Effect sizes were on the ​upper end of effects measured in RCTs of other remedial ​initiatives and pedagogical programs.

IDinsight Senior Economist

IDinsight Senior Manager, Mia Jeong and Associate, Linh Vo with the OneSky ​Vietnam team. ©IDinsight

OneSky, Vietnam

In Vietnam, OneSky works to improve the quality of care and support the total development of ​the disadvantaged children of factory workers. Working with the Ministry of Education and ​Training, OneSky provides training for caregivers in independent care centers in industrial zones.

To help improve the quality of its program data and enable better data-informed decision-​making, OneSky partnered with IDinsight to upgrade its M&E systems. The upgrade is also in ​preparation for a nationwide scale-up of OneSky's caregiver training program in 2024, for which ​IDinsight will be an evaluation partner.

Shifting how we think about

gender equity

Mansi Midha/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment

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This year we have seen significant strides in our collective ​progress towards advancing gender equity through data ​and evidence.

From work to strengthen research methods that use a ​gender lens and conducting formative research – to ​supporting partners to use data and evidence to highlight ​the shortcomings in women’s advancement in finance, ​economics, health, and public office – we see opportunities ​to identify both gaps in knowledge and improve upon what ​we know works to advance women’s equity.

This work has entailed working with governments including ​parliaments, feminist social movements, non-profits, and ​funders, with the acknowledgment that it will take a whole-​of-society multi-pronged approach to make advances in ​gender equality.

Regional Director, East & Southern Africa

Identifying barriers to women’s leadership in public office, economics, financial institutions, and beyond

IDinsight’s Regional Director, Frida Njogu-Ndongwe shakes hands with Madam President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during an UNGA side-event. ©EJS Center/IDinsight

Ellen Sirleaf Johnson Presidential Center For Women and Development

IDinsight partnered with the Ellen Sirleaf Johnson Presidential Center for Women and Development to build a comprehensive database of leadership positions in 14 East African countries to identify gaps in women’s governance.

IDinsight co-hosted a fireside chat with Madam President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during a side-event at UNGA and published an article in Devex, examining evidence-based strategies to propel women’s public leadership on the African continent forward.

IDinsight's team at the public launch of the report on the status of women in leadership in economics and financial services in New Delhi, India. ©IDinsight

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kenya, India, Nigeria

IDinsight conducted research to address data and knowledge gaps regarding the representation of women in economics and financial services in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Nigeria.

The study highlighted the need to create stronger policies and systems to prioritize equitable work environments, e.g. to ensure that formal sexual harassment complaint avenues are effective, as well as promising interventions that support social relationships and more mentorship and networking opportunities.

Adding a gender-focus with partners

Members of the IDinsight evaluation team in Mumbwa District, Zambia, with a World Bicycle Relief Buffalo Bicycle. ©IDinsight

World Bicycle Relief, Zambia

IDinsight is partnering with World Bicycle Relief (WBR) to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the Mobilized Communities program, designed to support communities to improve livelihoods and increase access to education and healthcare. The evaluation will estimate the causal impact of WBR’s Mobilized Communities program on livelihood and economic outcomes, including household consumption, income, savings, improved productivity, and empowerment measures. Data from this evaluation will guide WBR’s program decisions and potential future scale-up. It is one of the first evaluations to rigorously measure the impact of bicycle distribution on livelihoods, and it will inform the sector on this innovative approach to helping remote rural communities gain better access to economic opportunities.

The study includes 1570 participants from livelihoods groups (e.g. cooperatives and savings groups) and community service workers. A key focus of the evaluation is the impact of giving bicycles to women on rural livelihoods: 66% of study participants are women, and differences in impact estimates for male and female bicycle recipients will be examined. The baseline data collection was conducted in May 2023 while the endline will be conducted in May 2024.

Improving research methods & practices

Advancing gender-sensitive research

We are working to improve our research methods to be gender sensitive. Depending on the project and context this may include: collecting additional data to be statistically powered to differentiate impacts by gender, including more than one voice within a household to understand how programs affect households more holistically, and enhancing our quantitative findings with qualitative interviews with women to more deeply document gendered experiences. To support this work, we are aggregating a team of local gender experts to ensure that the questions we ask and the results we get are contextually relevant. This work to incorporate gender-sensitive research practices across more projects is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Nursing students attend a lecture at the School of Nursing at Duncan Hospital in Bihar, India. © IMansi Midha/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment

Gender Sensitive Education Fund, Global

This year we launched our Gender Sensitive Education Fund to support service providers and policymakers in their work to improve gender equity and develop research practices that can be used to more deeply understand barriers to girls’ education.

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This support will enable IDinsight to be more responsive to demands for data, especially those poised to enable gender-transformative decisions by policy actors.

Sara Ruto

Echidna Giving Officer

The evolution of


state capacity

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In the past year, we developed innovative tools and ​methods to empower government leaders to use ​data and evidence for improving welfare outcomes ​across health, nutrition, women's economic ​empowerment, and education. These range from ​pioneering a complex survey of 61,000 households ​in partnership with a southern Indian state to ​developing HR management tools for civil servants ​in different states and districts around the country.

These experiences brought us closer to our vision ​of improving public service delivery and making ​governance more citizen-centric in India. We are ​excited to scale these innovations in the coming ​year.

India Regional Director

India Regional Director, Karan Nagpal speaks on a panel at What Works in South ​Asia on evidence adoption in government. ©IDinsight

In India, we continue to support the Government of India’s ambitious program to build the capabilities of its 3 million civil servants. We expanded our scope this year to support state and district-level pilots and generated early evidence that these performance management approaches can improve citizen-level outcomes.

By drafting key performance indicators, designing a measurement strategy, and a constructive feedback mechanism, we are creating systems that can transform government personnel-based decisions and enhance public service delivery across various departments and regions. Working with a State government, one of our projects is focused on providing a holistic view of civil servants' performance to establish accountability, reward strong performers, and motivate improvements - strengthening their ability to serve the citizens in their district.



DataDelta enables social sector leaders to draw ​authentic insights directly from communities to ​improve their policies and programs

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Our overall vision for DataDelta is aligned with IDinsight’s mission – ​to improve lives through data and evidence. Our contribution to ​this vision is enabling social sector leaders to always have data ​about people, directly from people, at their fingertips when making ​decisions that will affect people.

Global Lead, DataDelta

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is part of everything we do

We help partners live up to their values and ​commitments to treat people with respect and ​uphold their dignity.

IDinsight (former) manager, Kim Vidal, and Senior Associate, Dominique Sy pose for a photo with barangay health workers in the Philippines. ©IDinsight

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Through IDinsight funding and several committed donors, ​we allocated $804,650 to high-impact projects from the ​Catalytic Fund. Learn more about how to contribute.

To our partners, supporters, and colleagues:

Thank you

for your commitment to impact this year.

From all of us at IDinsight