Accelerating development of more than half a million villages is still a tall task, and requires a systematic approach to development planning. While a lot of work has already been done in terms of developing ways to mobilise communities ad understand their priorities, data driven planning and real time tracking of progress in each region needs more attention and space in ongoing development initiatives. Subsequently, Tata Trusts conducted DELTA, a data intensive development planning framework.
As a part of this initiative, the trusts have developed a systematic structure of participatory micro-planning based primarily on data intensive model village goals. It is a system of collecting data from communities, as well as government departments, analysing and reproducing it in the format which can be used to prioritise activities, optimise resources and track the progress. Several versions of participatory planning co-exist across the span of India based on the geographic location, facilitating agencies and their sectoral planning interests such as – education plans, drinking water and sanitation plans, nutrition plans etc.
Tata Trusts initiated four pilot projects in four different locations – Vijayawada in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, Chandrapur district in Maharashtra, Balasore district in Odisha and West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand.
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