CLEAR South Asia



We work to influence the culture around evidence and evaluation in South Asia by building capacity in measurement theory, survey design, the use of evidence, and rigorous evaluation.

Our services include:

• Conducting trainings and workshops for a wide range of stakeholders
• Providing customized assistance through technical advisory services
• Building the evaluation capacity of local researchers
• Creating and disseminating knowledge products
• Convening knowledge sharing events for the M&E community



The CLEAR Center in South Asia is hosted by J-PAL South Asia at the Institute for Financial Management and Research, a regional office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. The Center started operations in 2011.

Thought Leadership... Our team has significant experience working with policymakers and practitioners to build a culture of evidence-based decision-making and strengthening demand for high quality evaluations. We work closely with J-PAL South Asia’s policy and research teams to leverage their expertise and utilize the latest research in our workshops and trainings. As a member of the CLEAR Initiative, we also leverage the work of leading monitoring and evaluation practitioners from around the world.

Practical Expertise...We bring years of experience in building the evaluation capacity of policymakers, development practitioners and researchers through a range of innovative modalities. These include, but are not limited to, customized workshops, technical advisory services, and longer-term engagements.

Regional Influence... We collaborate with strategic partners at subnational, national and regional levels embedding the use of evidence in South Asia. For example, our work in Pakistan is led by our affiliate center, the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan.



We engage a broad range of key stakeholders including:

  • Policymakers to build a culture of evaluation and evidence-based policymaking in state and central governments. For example, in Bhutan, we have worked with the Royal Government’s National Technical Committee with workshops to facilitate their undertaking of annual appraisals of government schemes. At the national level in India, we support the Indian Economic Services, which conducts and commissions evaluations for the Government of India. Additionally, at the subnational level, we have worked since 2014 with the Government of Tamil Nadu’s Department of Evaluation and Applied Research (DEAR) to provide extensive support, including creating guidelines for commissioning evaluations and supporting a transition from paper data collection to digital data collection.
  • Civil Society Organizations to build the understanding of and demand for rigorous evaluation practices among program implementers and development practitioners. At the organizational level, we provide customized capacity-building assistance through a menu of advisory services, as well as workshops to strengthen M&E practice. At the individual level, we conduct annual open enrolment trainings attended by development practitioners from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal.
  • Donors to strengthen their understanding of M&E and leverage their ability to support organizations in the implementation of M&E systems. Among other engagements, we provided training to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s India Country Office to build the M&E expertise of their staff and supported the grantees of the Central Square Foundation in thinking through the Theory of Change for their programs.
  •  Academia to enhance the quantity and quality of evaluation practitioners and researchers. Our work includes the Research for Impact Fellowship, which is designed to equip young development researchers with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to design and implement randomized evaluations for assessing the effectiveness of social policies and programs.


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