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NITI Aayog and ISB sign deal for joint monitoring and evaluation

Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog, and Indian School of Business (ISB) have come together to sign an institutional partnership to strengthen monitoring and evaluation in India.

Dr Sekhar Bonu, Director General, Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) at NITI Aayog and Professor Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, Indian School of Business signed a statement of intent (SOI) in a virtual event on Thursday.

The objective of the SOI is to work together in areas including—capacity building of government officials, developing modules, and conducting joint studies. Through this partnership, ISB and DMEO will also organize workshops, forums, seminars and other such activities which will lead to enhanced advocacy of monitoring & evaluation in the country.

Through these interventions, it is expected to strengthen the capacities of regional institutions and local research ecosystems in the area of monitoring and evaluation of developmental programs. Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB will anchor this initiative within ISB.

Dr Sekhar Bonu said, “Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) aims to develop the monitoring and evaluation ecosystem in the country. We are very delighted to partner with the Indian School of Business, aiming at collaboration on research and trainings, as a step towards realizing our broader goal.”

Speaking about this collaboration, ISB Dean Srivastava said, “ISB will leverage the body of research and academic network at its command, to bring evidence-based research to the table, which I am sure will help in efficient policymaking. This partnership between NITI and ISB is focused on working towards problems that are worth solving.”

Professor Ashwini Chhatre, Executive Director – Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB and Shri Alok Mishra, Director—Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog were also present during the program.