Evaluating National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India: A Dynamic Rural Survey Method Using Mobile Phones

12 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2011

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Janani Rangarajan

IITM's Rural Technology and Business Incubator

Rajesh Kumar

AAUM Analytics

Sriram Narayanamurthy

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Suma Prashant

IITM's Rural Technology and Business Incubator

Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Date Written: December 23, 2011

Abstract

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is a scheme formulated by the Government of India for the uplifting of the poorest of the poor in rural India. It has been implemented in all the states of India. The effectiveness of any scheme, especially one aimed at rural empowerment, can be measured only by studying the impact it has made in changing the lives of the beneficiaries. RTBI had evaluated the impact of NREGA in Tamilnadu by conducting a study. For this study, RTBI used a mobile phone based data gathering system instead of the regular paper based process. This paper will discuss how the questionnaire was developed, the data gathering method and the use of mobile phones as a reliable tool for conducting surveys.

Suggested Citation

Rangarajan, Janani and Kumar, Rajesh and Narayanamurthy, Sriram and Prashant, Suma and Jhunjhunwala, Ashok, Evaluating National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India: A Dynamic Rural Survey Method Using Mobile Phones (December 23, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1976181 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1976181

Janani Rangarajan (Contact Author)

IITM's Rural Technology and Business Incubator

Madras
India

Rajesh Kumar

AAUM Analytics

Madras
India

Sriram Narayanamurthy

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Sardar Patel Road
Guindy
Chennai, TN Tamil Nadu 600036
India

Suma Prashant

IITM's Rural Technology and Business Incubator

Madras
India

Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras ( email )

Sardar Patel Road
Guindy
Chennai, TN Tamil Nadu 600036
India

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