DELTA Framework

The DELTA (Data, Evaluation, Learning, Technology, and Analysis) framework was created to support governments for carrying out data-intensive planning as a means to supplement decision-making. The success of this framework has led to some key large-scale implementation, and has opened new partnership horizons, such as the Government of Maharashtra’s village social transformation mission, and NITI Aayog’s Transformation of Aspirational Districts programme.

NITI Aayog released its first DELTA ranking in December 2018 using survey results, which has prompted district administrations to relook into the data reported on the portal. This is a significant move as it contributes to rationalising performance benchmarking, leading to increased levels of development of aspirational districts. DELTA has also been used for data-intensive microplanning for the development of the Jamshedpur-Kalinganagar corridor.

With the successful completion of the pilot in 4 blocks, the Trusts have actively engaged with district and block-level entities to drive sustainable community development in the districts of Balasore (Odisha) and Chandrapur (Maharashtra), through implementation of Village Development Plans (VDPs). Community-driven identification and prioritisation of development issues is being taken up, with focus on needs of underserved and marginalised communities.

Key highlights of the programme
  • Development of project implementation plans and creating ownership of the same through local implementation partners.
  • Training a cadre of motivated community resources to carry out implementation of identified projects, and to leverage funds from government and private sources.
  • Regular tracking of projects and wide dissemination of status updates in the community to enable larger ownership.
  • Advocate with block and district administration to focus on sustainability of the projects implemented, whilst creating appropriate exit policies for the Trusts.
  • Implementation of Village Development Plans through leverage of funds from government departmental plans and schemes.
  • Outreach of information on development schemes to common citizens.
  • Block level coordination with the help of block coordinator committee and district coordinator committee; this convergence helps address the developmental gaps.
  • A data analytics dashboard has been created to track the key indicators and assist administration in decision-making.
Key achievements in Chandrapur and Balasore
  • Direct benefits to 56,000 households and 66,000 individuals.
  • Ensured implementation of data-driven development plans to the tune of Rs 2.4 billion.

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