Partnership Lessons 4: India Water Access with Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action and Panni Haq Samiti

  • Conveying a commitment to a common cause, rather than merely to a research agenda
  • Explaining the benefits of the potential RCT in terms of the aforementioned common cause, e.g., increasing the number of people served or gleaning insights that can ensure future work helps people more effectively
  • Allaying concerns about assigning some individuals to a control condition by, for example, reminding that after the RCT, organizations can provide services as broadly as they would like
  • Developing interventions in collaboration with implementing partners, and ideally studying interventions that are aligned with implementors’ existing work
  • Leaning heavily on implementing partners’ local expertise in making context-relevant research decisions, such as site selection
  • Providing a clear explanation of the nuts and bolts of RCTs so implementing partners can understand their work and, where there are multiple partner organizations, divide responsibilities effectively
  • Ensuring fluid communication via a seamless communication medium, such as WhatsApp messaging
  • Considering human resources challenges and potential means of addressing them (such as providing longer term contracts to attract high quality employees)