Evaluation of Ganga Kalyana Scheme
The Ganga Kalyana Yojana evaluation study was conducted from March 2010 – August 2011 with three main objectives: to understand the efficacy of the scheme for its design, implementation and achievement of desired outcomes; to understand differences in the socio-economic status of the beneficiaries; and to understand and suggest scope for improvements.
The evaluation methodology was developed to create a unique beneficiary interview tool that addressed the study objectives and evaluated all three stages of the GKY scheme: pre-implementation, implementation, and post implementation. In total, 145 beneficiaries (scheme beneficiaries from year 2000-01 to 2008-09) were interviewed from HD Kote and Nanjangud taluks. Further, various stakeholders at the taluk level, from the DBCDC, and selected contractors were consulted.
The recommendations for the study were divided into short-term and long-term activities. Short-term goals included reservation for women and physically challenged GKY applicants, training resources and orientation for selected beneficiaries, and a scope for a borewell visit 3-6 months post implementation. Long-term goals addressed building the internal capacity of the DBCDC to manage beneficiary details and develop long term monitoring and evaluation plans, based on which dynamic GKY targets can be formulated. Further, recommendations also discussed options for collaboration amongst all GKY implementing corporations as well as other line departments.