Open Research Data Initiative (ORDI) Completed

Area(s) of work: Gender

Duration: September 2019 – July 2020

Status: Completed

Funder/ Partner: International Development Research Centre, Canada (IDRC)

CBPS has been committed to making research data openly accessible and available to all. So, as part of the Open Research Data Initiative (ORDI), we have started to work towards this goal by archiving and making available all of the qualitative and quantitative data generated from one of the projects that CBPS has recently concluded. Titled “Together We Can – The role of women’s action groups as agents of social and economic change in India”, the project evaluated the impact of Mahila Samakhya on economic empowerment of women in the state of Bihar and Karnataka from 2015 to 2018. This project was chosen as the first-use case as the data generated intersects across diverse disciplines of social sciences, and therefore, would aid in effective re-use by academicians, collectives and policy practitioners. As part of the project, ORDI provided online training and extensive consultations with experts in data archiving and management to help the team in understanding the principles and the mechanisms of ethical data sharing. Through this project, we hope to generate three outputs: (1) a detailed data management plan for the Bihar data, (2) a usable and anonymised quantitative and qualitative data set that can be uploaded into an appropriate data repository, and (3) a data paper that will provide detailed information about the data and its potential uses. Given that this is the first-use case, these principles will be put to use to ensure that all of the data generated in CBPS works towards the same ethical data-sharing mechanisms and processes.