Midline assessment tracing the impact of a life skill program on adolescents in four Indian states




Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra

Key Highlights

  • Improvement in education aspirations, gender perceptions and attitude among adolescents, from baseline to midline.
  • Innovative aspects such as youth clubs, student cabinets, study corners and summer camps have positively impacted and improved confidence and interaction skills of students.
  • Increase in use of Teaching Learning Material (TLM) among teachers.
  • School Management Committees (SMCs) and attendance levels need to be strengthened across states.

Midline Assessment of Project DISHA

Magic Bus Foundation and HDFC Bank partnered in 2016 to implement DISHA Program in four states of India – Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, spanning 25 districts, 156 villages, 195 schools and 19,786 students. The program aims to improve child retention in schools, enhance learning outcomes by improving the overall quality of education in schools, and reduce dropouts by improving perceptions towards education in these villages. The midline assessment aimed to conduct a rigorous evaluation based on stakeholder consultations and school visits, and make reasonable inferences on programmatic impact achieved within the two years of program implementation.

Research Tools

01. Surveys
02. Focus Group Discussions (FGD)
03. Convergent Interviews
04. Observations and Profiling 


The assessment aimed to conduct a rigorous evaluation on programmatic impact achieved within the two years of program implementation i.e. from baseline to midline. A Theory of Change (ToC) was developed to outline program outcomes and goals and the interventions undertaken to achieve them. Program performances in relation to the outlined program objectives and impact outcomes were evaluated and recommendations for course corrections were also shared for the next stages of DISHA program.