Can you Predict the Future?

Can you Predict the Future?

– By Arnab Mukherjee

Kings dethroned

Nokia, a household name in the mobile phone industry in the early 2000s, took rapid strides to emerge as market leader in the mobile phone industry in a short span of time with ~40% market share at one point. However, its fall from the summit was as swift as its rise. One of the key reasons attributed to its failure was its inability to foresee the future disruption of the mobile industry by smart phones.

Kodak, the King of photography for large parts of the 20th century, after years of decline finally filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Kodak failed to see potential in the technology that it itself had invented…digital photography!

Disruptions however are nothing new. More than 100 years ago, the Ford Motor Company revolutionized transportation through the mass production of the automobile which disrupted several industries, including wagon and carriage businesses.

In more recent times, e-commerce, the sharing economy, alternative media platforms such as Netflix have all disrupted traditional business models.

Innovative business models however are not the only source of disruption. Increasingly, forces such as extreme weather events, climate change, geopolitical instability, and even global pandemics (as we witness now) are emerging as severe threats to businesses.

You can read the full article, here.

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Arnab Mukherjee is a Senior Knowledge Manager at Sattva. He drives knowledge management within Sattva and engages with clients on building sustainable businesses for them. He holds more than a decade of experience in knowledge and research in top management consulting firms in the domains of supply chain and corporate strategy.

Sattva has been working with various corporate clients to help them define their social impact goals and maximise the return on social investment. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. Several corporates have been a partner to many such collaborations where effective CSR programmes have strategically aligned with business and have provided meaningful solutions to social issues.

● Talk to us: impact@sattva.co.in

Learnings from Impact Evaluation of an Ed-tech Learning Application

Learnings from Impact Evaluation of an Ed-tech Learning Application

Background

With rapid technological change and increasing penetration of smartphones in India, education technology (EdTech) has demonstrated significant potential for increasing learning outcomes for students globally and in India.

When it comes to adoption, schools have however, always considered educational apps or digital learning as a supplementary tool and may have had difficulty in mainstreaming it, mostly due to not having fully understood its efficacy. Moreover, the digital divide and inequalities in India highlight that most students need products that offer vernacular mediums of instruction, use different examples and references, target different learning and infrastructure gaps, and are sold at affordable price points.

With the context of the same, it becomes extremely essential to evaluate the technology enabled learning tools prevalent in the market and understand the efficacy challenges and implementation gaps for decision making and curriculum development.

Key Insights

To address this, Akshara Foundation partnered with Sattva Consulting to conduct a pre-and-post analysis for the cohort that was introduced to Akshara Foundation’s Building Blocks application and was conducted in urban and rural Bengaluru in Karnataka and in Bhubaneswar, Odisha covering 13 schools (both private and government aided), 1119 students and 479 parents. This study was conducted between Aug’19 and Feb’20.

Sattva looked at the study from three lenses – ‘activation’ which are the factors influencing the download of the application, ‘usage’ which are the factors leading to its consistent usage and ‘outcomes’ which are the critical factors influencing the learning of the end-user.

Some of the key insights from the study are highlighted below:

ACTIVATION

– Building Blocks application was downloaded by 67% of the students who were part of the study and 49% of them continued using the application till the time of the post-test.

– One of the key factors that the parents quoted as an influence for downloading Building Blocks was the fact that the application was free of cost, had the ability to operate in the offline mode and was available in 9 regional languages.

USAGE

– The trend of application usage was dependent on engagement activities planned by Akshara Foundation.

– Students found the Building Blocks application visually appealing and enjoyed solving problems and scoring stars while doing so. The application is based on competencies that match the school curriculum (Building Blocks as a tool conforms to the National Curriculum Framework 2005) and so becomes an ideal practice tool in the home environment, as highlighted by the mathematics teachers across schools.

OUTCOMES

– There was an increase in the learning outcomes of the students during the post-test who were not at their grade specific foundational competencies in mathematics during the pre-test.

*Excluding students who were already at the highest level in any competency during the pre-test

– There was an increase in the interest of students in mathematics after using the application. Between the pre-test and the post-test, the number of students who dislike mathematics as a subject had reduced (from a drastic 92% to 25% by the end of the post-test).

– When asked about their overall satisfaction with the application, the average rating given by 354 parents was 4 on a scale of 5. They had also started to recommend the Building Blocks application to their friends, neighbors and relatives.

Way Forward

– Sattva suggested a 4-step approach to design outreach and marketing efforts based on the target group including policy advocacy, building incentives for schools and teachers to get the students to use the application, demand creation for the product amongst the parents by establishing credibility of the application and linking learning outcomes of the application to school curriculum.

– Plan and execute concurrent engagement and monitoring activities for user support and nudges to drive engagement with parents and students.

– Launch periodic version updates of the Building Blocks application, strengthen the content of the application by adding more questions and increasing the difficulty levels, and enhancing adaptive nature to suit the user ability.

The full report can be accessed below.

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Sattva has been working with various corporate clients, foundations and social organisations to help them define the role and importance of effective Assessments. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. We assist organisations in formulating their long-term social impact strategy by strategically aligning with business to provide meaningful solutions to social issues.

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Analysis – PMGKAY

Analysis – PMGKAY

In March 2020, the Government of India announced additional food supplies, free of cost, for two-thirds of the population. The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) would support families through April-May-June using the existing network of the Public Distribution System in India.

Here is India Data Insights’ analysis of the allocation and distribution

The analysis that you can download here looks at the real numbers and the weakest links.

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Written by: Vrunda Bansode and Data analysis by: Veda Kulkarni

Powered by data from India Data Insights.

Sattva Consulting has made all COVID-related data resources freely accessible here:

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Technology-based models towards the improvement of Spoken English Skills

Technology-based models towards the improvement of Spoken English Skills

The time for EdTech is here.

Join Sattva and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for a discussion on ways of scaling up EdTech in India for social good.

We will also present findings from our study on – Evaluating Effectiveness of Technology in Improving Spoken English: https://bit.ly/2Yrik9B

This two year, large-scale pilot assessment was conducted covering ~ 14,000 students across 9 states in India and the sample set included 18-22 year old students from the urban poor segment, in their pre-final or final year of study.

Date: Tuesday 23 June 2020
Time: 3 – 4:30 pm
Register: https://bit.ly/2YmkMhq

We hope to see you there!

Aligning your CSR and Sustainability Strategy with SDGs

Aligning your CSR/Sustainability Strategy with SDGs plus framework: The Way Forward

2020 marks the start of the Decade of Action to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which combat poverty, inequality and injustice and climate change by 2030. We are half way past 2020 and the challenges we are already seeing is unprecedented.

The Sustainable Development Goals provide a powerful framework for businesses to engage in corporate social responsibility. In India, CSR and SDGs together have tremendous potential to develop an inter-connected model for sustainable growth.

UN Global Compact Network – India is organising a Virtual Session on – “Aligning your CSR/Sustainability Strategy with SDGs plus framework: The Way Forward”.

Date: 13 June 2020
Time: 11.30 AM – 1 PM
Register here: https://www.globalcompact.in/event/virtual-session-on-csr-sustainability-and-sdgs

Sattva is the Knowledge Partner for this event. We hope to see you there!

The Role of Needs Assessment

Glocal Evaluation Week 2020 – The Role of Needs Assessment

Sattva Consulting conducted a webinar as part of the gLocal Evaluation Week hosted by the CLEAR initiative of the World Bank.

The webinar brought together social evaluation and implementation practitioners, thinkers, community leaders with the aim to build a consensus among the ecosystem on the importance of conducting a ‘Needs assessment’. Through the webinar, the Sattva team aimed to answer the following questions:

a. What is Needs Assessment?
b. Why is Needs Assessment important before designing a social development programme?
c. How is a Needs Assessment different from a Baseline Assessment?
d. When should a Needs Assessment be done and by whom?
e. What are the steps involved in doing a Needs Assessment study?
f. How to interpret the results of a Needs Assessment study?
g. How can a Needs Assessment study help in designing social development programmes to achieve the SDGs?

In the current times of distress, tracking needs are even more critical before pivoting an existing programme strategy or designing a new one. Considering the limitations in conducting field research, Sattva through the webinar also shared its lean and rapid Needs Assessment framework through a comprehensive approach for Metrics Selection and Survey Design.

As part of the webinar, our presentation, important resources and a recording of the webinar can be accessed below.

Click here for the recording of the webinar

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Sattva has established a lean and rapid Needs Assessment framework through a comprehensive approach for Metrics Selection and Survey Design. Our teams have conducted more than 80 evaluations in different thematic areas such as Education, Healthcare, Livelihoods, WaSH, Skill Development among others.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

charcha 2020

charcha 2020

Sattva hosted the Financial Inclusion track at “charcha 2020” – a platform for the Indian development sector to come together and chart a course for the country’s resurgence from the COVID-19 crisis, launched by The/Nudge Foundation. The platform brought together practitioners, thinkers, enablers, community leaders, policy makers to take on the challenges ahead with conviction and clarity.

As part of our Financial Inclusion track we had a range of sessions. Key insights and takeaways from these sessions can be accessed below.

14 May 2020:

Click here for the video link for Day 1

15 May 2020:

Click here for the video link for Day 2

16 May 2020:

Click here for the video link for Day 3

About charcha 2020:
The whole world is in lockdown now, grappling with the full impact of Covid-19. According to some estimates, 200 million people will be pushed into poverty in India this year, and the development sector will undergo an unprecedented resource crunch. There is an urgent need for the sector to come together and strategize in a timely manner on charting an agile course at a time when the country needs us the most.

The leading nonprofits, foundations and industry experts came together for charcha 2020 – bringing together practitioners, thinkers, enablers, community leaders and policymakers across 14 parallel events to take on the challenges ahead with conviction and clarity.

More here: charcha 2020 – Sattva and Financial Inclusion

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Sattva has been working with various non-profits and social organisations as well as corporate clients to help them define their social impact goals. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. We assist organisations in formulating their long-term social impact strategy by strategically aligning with business to provide meaningful solutions to social issues.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

Evaluating Effectiveness of Technology in Improving Spoken English

Evaluating Effectiveness of Technology in Improving Spoken English

Background

In India, out of 15 million who are employable each year, 75% aren’t job ready.

In the last decade, the importance of English has improved with an increase in the number of jobs that require fluency in spoken English. In a 2012 survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, 70 % of executives said that their workforce will need to master English to realise corporate expansion plans, and a quarter said that more than 50 per cent of their total workforce would need English ability. Yet, only 4% men and 2% women in wage employment in India report speaking fluently in English.

Key Insights

To address this, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation partnered with Sattva to evaluate the effectiveness of ed-tech leveraged models to improve spoken English across 14,000 students. This intervention ran from 2017 to 2019. The following were the key learnings from the ground:

1. Students who were trained showed a 2.1x improvement in spoken English over students who weren’t.
2. While pure online learning worked well for advanced students, blended models with offline content was most effective for beginner students.
3. ALL types of students improved, but beginners showed 6X improvement over advanced level students
4. Background factors like family income and parents’ education influenced starting levels but did NOT affect learning patterns and improvement.
5. Students who signed up on their own, voluntarily improved 36% more than students who were mandated by their colleges and schools
6. Specific mobile application features such as leaderboards can increase effectiveness and adoption among students.
7. Students with better English proficiencies earned 23% higher salaries
8. Factors such as semester of intervention, college support, type of cities were critical to the success of the intervention
9. Fully on-line models had the lowest cost of delivery and were most suitable for scale

What does this mean?

Ed-tech is an effective, affordable and scalable English-language learning tool that can improve employability for low-income, aspirational Indian youth at scale. The results of this study gains greater relevance in the light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Given the economic impact of the crisis, there will be a stronger need for students to improve their chances of employability and their readiness to the market. At the same time, the continued risk of the pandemic and the emerging reality of social distancing would mean the role of technology in education will continue to grow.
Hence, we hope our insights provide relevant answers when such technology solutions gain increased attention and adoption among colleges, skill development institutions and other social impact programmes.

Most schools around the world have been temporarily closed. These nationwide closures are impacting over 90% of the world’s student population, with 320 million children of 1.4 million schools impacted in India of which 70% of the schools are run by government bodies.

There is a huge need for customised, thoughtful and scalable programmes design to ensure learning continuity. The time for Ed-tech has arrived.

The full report can be accessed below.

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Sattva has been working with various corporate clients and social organisations to help them define their social impact goals. Our focus is to solve critical problems and find scalable solutions. We assist organisations in formulating their long-term social impact strategy by strategically aligning with business to provide meaningful solutions to social issues.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this topic. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

COVID-19 in India – CSR Outlook for 2020-21

COVID-19 in India – CSR Outlook for 2020-21

Corporate CSR has been an important source of funding for NGOs in India. With companies responding generously to immediate challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, how does the overall CSR funding landscape change?

Our India Data Insights team maintains regularly updated data on CSR funding in India.

You can download the report to understand the numbers on CSR COVID response and outlook for ’20-21. (Click on the DOWNLOAD link on the left of this page)

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Written by: Vrunda Bansode and Data analysis by: Veda Kulkarni

Powered by data from India Data Insights. Sattva Consulting has made all other COVID-related data resources freely accessible here:

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this topic. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in

COVID-19 in India – Public Healthcare Matters

COVID-19 in India – Public Healthcare Matters

The COVID pandemic has proven to be a great equaliser in some ways. Everyone is prone to infection and protecting only a few is of no consequence- universal protection and healthcare is the only way to control the pandemic. The need for a robust public healthcare system has never been more pressing. Exactly how fragile is our public healthcare system and the health of our population?

How fragile is our public healthcare infrastructure exactly?

The analysis that you can download here looks at the real numbers and the weakest links.

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Written by: Vrunda Bansode and Data analysis by: Veda Kulkarni

Powered by data from India Data Insights. Sattva Consulting has made all COVID-related data resources freely accessible here:

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this topic. Do write to us: impact@sattva.co.in