Ambrish Dongre, was a fellow at CPR, studies education and health. His most recent work focused on the implementation of government programs to improve learning outcomes in government primary schools, and another on section 12(1)(C) of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which mandates 25 per cent reservation in private unaided schools for children from economically and socially weaker sections.
Before taking up this work, Ambrish managed quantitative research for the CPR-based Accountability Initiative (AI), overseeing sample and survey design and data analysis. At AI, he led a study of 20 Gram Panchayats in Birbhum, West Bengal to track the flow of funds at the Gram Panchayat level, titled Do GPs get their Money?, and was instrumental in bringing out one of AI’s flagship publications, the PAISA Report, for three consecutive years. He was involved in PAISA District Reports which provide snapshot of fund flows, implementation processes, and analysis of bottlenecks at the ground level in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Mid Day Meal (MDM) schemes. He continues to be associated with AI as a senior researcher. Ambrish holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a Master’s in economics from the University of Mumbai.