CONSULTING | RESEARCH | ANALYSIS
Inter disciplinary Analysts (IDA) is a Kathmandu-based research and consultancy firm. It was founded in 1989 and subsequently reorganized in 1996. As our name suggests, we believe that the issues of development, peace building and social justice demand research approaches that while well-grounded in different disciplines, do not remain trapped in sectorial issues but are able to cross boundaries to provide effective policy synthesis.
IDA in its initial years began with a strong focus on water and energy issues, primarily in their relationship at the society-technology interface. For the past ten years, IDA has focused mainly on quantitative research approaches – household surveys and public opinion polls have become its forte. Although the initial focus was on surveys on contemporary political situation, it added issues pertaining to safety and security, and business climate of Nepal, among others to its scope of work. In its engagements with political parties, politicians, institutions such as the Nepal Police, the business community and the larger public, IDA’s attempts have always been to create public discourse based on sound research methods. For this, it rigorously follows scientific research techniques. It believes that data and information generated through rigorous research methods help in informed decision-making. The organization has strong and qualified team of researchers for such undertakings and an extensive number of publications to its credit. IDA has the capacity to deploy as many as 100 enumerators and supervisors at one time.
Inter disciplinary Analysts has a well-established infrastructural set up. It is located in Lampokhari, Mitrapark, Chabahil, Kathmandu (in front of Lion’s Club) in a three-floor building with spacious compound.
Since IDA does not have a regular source of income (and has to bid for projects), it does not have a pre-planned budget. IDA examines its expenses of the previous year to make a projection for the following year. IDA bids for and submits proposals in order to meet the expected budget for the following year.
IDA is the expression for an alternative perspective that has emerged from a synthesis of natural and social science concerns. It is based on the premise that issues of development are best illuminated through an interdisciplinary approach that intermeshes the soft and hard sciences. Perceiving the linkages between physical resources, intervening technologies, and social institutions and processes in a composite frame, IDA believes in the need to transcend disciplinary and sectoral boundaries.