Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy(CSTEP) is a not-for-profit research organization established in June 2005 under Section 25 of The Companies Act, 1956. The Center has a multi-disciplinary research team of 85 (including 15 PhDs) in Engineering, Information Technology, Public Policy, Natural Sciences, Social Science, Economics and Management. CSTEP’s approach to policy research is quantitative, objective and computation intensive. CSTEP has established robust research groups in several areas. The Urban Infrastructure group examines models and tools for transportation, sanitation and urban development in cities and towns that are scalable and sustainable.CSTEP has strong analytical skills to carry out research focusing on evidence-based policy making and has significant experience of engaging with policy makers to maximize research uptake. CSTEP has also been engaging in various capacity building and dissemination programs and has been engaging with national level stakeholder organizations on urban development issues, including sanitation.
Administrative Staff College of India(ASCI) is one of India’s leading institutions in providing training, research and consultancy services to the government, industry and international agencies, in different disciplines of management. Established in 1956, ASCI isthe first and foremost institution for practicing managers, occupying decision-making positions at functional and policy levels in the Government in India. They bring with them a unique combination of field research expertise, practical implementation expertise and skills for dissemination of reform management approaches. The College also has collaborations with national and international agencies, NGOs, CBOs, and academic institutions with expertise in various sectorial areas. ASCI can draw on a large number of partnerships that it has built over a period of time to bring appropriate expertise.ASCI was identified as the Secretariat for the National Task Force on Urban Sanitation that drafted the National Urban Sanitation Policy 2008 (NUSP).
Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) was established in 1998. CFAR has consistently adopted an approach of training community representatives from marginalized and vulnerable communities, to enable them to articulate their respective concerns and also raise informed deliberation on policy, program and governance reforms, so as to improve last mile delivery and impact planning. CFAR has been focused on strengthening convergent delivery of sanitation services by creating constant interface among women, youth, key officials and service providers. CFAR’s focus of work has been urban poor and vulnerable communities—those most at risk.