Magic Bus' research, development and management information system ensures that our work proceeds from a strong theoretical foundation, is grounded in the experiences of children who have been with the organization, and has empirical evidence testifying to its methods and impacts. In this way, we develop resilient and effective policies that help ensure that the program is always accountable and responsive to our key stakeholders – children and youth.
A select set of external evaluators are have studied the Magic Bus programme to gauge its effectiveness and impact →
Sports-for-development, An Impact study: In a research initiative funded by Comic Relief and UK Sport and managed by International Development through Sport, Prof. Fred Coalter and John Taylor conducted a global research study in 2008 with 5 organizations to test the following hypothesis:
‘Sports as a tool can lead to the development of personal and social skills of young people’
Praxis India conducted two external evaluations to assess the impact of the Magic Bus program →
In addition to studies by external evaluators, Magic Bus regularly undertakes internal studies to assess our work →
Funded by Comic Relief, Magic bus is implementing a pilot project that focuses on enhancing the self efficacy, esteem and capacity of youth, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own development.These include the following research studies:
NEG-FIRE is funding an intervention in Chandrapur, Maharashtra with 3000 children and their parents. The project primarily covers tribal localities and is working on education and health.This includes the following research studies:
Magic Bus' Connect program is based in Mumbai and Delhi and focuses on enhancing youth employability skills.Research conducted includes:
A focused study in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra is currently underway to compare data on school enrolment, attendance, drop-outs, health-seeking behavior, hygiene, gender-sensitivity and inclusion between children enrolled and not enrolled in Magic Bus programs.
Dasra, India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation, has reviewed NGOs in the sport for development sector in this first-of-its-kind report titled "Power of Play". Read Dasra's evaluation of the Magic Bus programme on page 73 of this report.If you want to know more about R&D at Magic Bus, please write to →
In order to manage the data and information generated from a program that touches 2,50,000 lives every week, we use InFocus, a web-based application, for reporting and analyzing our program information. The application enables us to record centrally the information we collect.
The MIS application facilitates the flow of information, monitors the performance and quality of what we do and provides periodic reports on the status of Magic Bus stakeholders with regard to education, health, gender-equity, livelihood options, leadership skills, personal and social development of adolescents.To know more, please write to →