Inter Disciplinary Analysts (IDA)
Inter Disciplinary Analysts (IDA) is a Kathmandu-based research and consultancy firm that was established in 1996. As our name suggests, we believe that the issues of development 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. Since 2004 onwards 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 a number of publications to its credit.
IDA has a well-established infrastructural set up. It is located in Lampokhari, Chabahil, Kathmandu (in front of Lion’s Club) in a three-floor building with a spacious compound.