Rajasthan Priorities is a research and advocacy project that is part of the larger India Consensus project – a partnership between the Copenhagen Consensus Center and Tata Trusts. Rajasthan Priorities analyzes and promotes investments to establish how to achieve the most social, environmental and economic good for Rajasthan with every rupee spent.
This project involves hundreds of sector experts, many months of research, and engagement with decision makers on the most incisive development approaches for Rajasthan.
Sourcing ideas and solutions
Rajasthan Priorities uses the Copenhagen Consensus approach, refined over the past ten years to improve global and regional spending priorities.
During 2017 we will meet with hundreds of individuals from across Rajasthan, representing government and donors, academia, NGOs, think tanks, and sector experts. This creates a rare opportunity to extract an in-depth and nuanced overview of the challenges facing Rajasthan. These meetings will result in hundreds of research ideas, from health, education and food security to clean water access, environmental preservation, climate change, and infrastructure.
Following this, we will hold a series of 16 roundtables where up to 20 sector experts take part in an open, robust debate about the best responses to the challenges in their field. The ideas from these discussions are added to the pool of research topics.
From these engagements across Rajasthan’s vibrant policy and civil sector environment, we create a long-list of hundreds of ideas for research. Hundreds of representatives from government and donors, think tanks, NGOs, universities and other sector experts are invited to assess the best topics for cost-benefit research, allowing the project to narrow down the long list. The list of topics and all the proposed solutions will be reviewed by our high level Advisory Board, and with their expert input a final list will be created that comprises approximately 75 shortlisted interventions for research.
Conducting Economic Research
Top economists from Rajasthan and India are commissioned to undertake cost-benefit analysis on the shortlist of interventions. Assumptions are standardized to allow for comparison between different interventions.
Feedback and peer review are embedded into the research process, to capture a broad range of expert perspectives. Peer groups of economists share outlines and draft papers for feedback, and early findings are shared with sector experts and non-academics.
The feedback is incorporated into final cost-benefit papers and short reviews. Sector experts are also invited to comment.
All papers, and comments will be publicly available on our website.
Assessing the Smartest Interventions
An Eminent Panel of Nobel Laureates and leading Rajasthan economists will read all of the papers, and listen to presentations about them at an event in Jaipur in 2018.
They will rank all of the interventions and establish what would do the most good for every rupee spent.