about us

Our Story

Development Solutions (DS) was founded by S Ramanathan and Vasudha Chakravarthy in 2014. DS exists for two reasons:

  • To enable informed and grounded decision-making for development, through improved availability, interpretation, and utilization of evidence
  • To enable impact-driven institutions to leverage the power of research and knowledge, strengthen data systems, build team capacity, and imbibe learnings irrespective of size, context, and networks

Today, DS works across India to support development partners with evidence, research, and knowledge to deepen social impact.


Our Track Record​​








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We have advised government bodies, philanthropic foundations, multilateral and bilateral organizations, academic institutions, and civil society organizations on a range of issues. We have worked across India. We have earned a reputation for expertise in health, education, and child protection. We have also worked extensively on issues related to skilling and livelihoods, nutrition, WASH, climate change, socio-economic inclusion, and urban transformation.

Our People​

Our 35+ member team combines strategic thinking and methodological rigor with experience in getting things done on the ground. The team includes professionals with experience in UN organizations, government, strategy consulting firms, impact evaluation and research agencies, and non-profit organizations. We are skilled in quantitative and qualitative research methods, evaluation design, program monitoring, and capacity building. We can draw from a pool of experts and consultants with deep expertise across issues and methodologies. We are united by our shared passion for social impact and commitment to excellent client service. We are responsive. We are committed to facilitating an enabling environment with learning, growth, purpose (and of course fun!) for each individual. We are committed to embodying the best practices for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that we espouse.

Our Values

Respect & Empathy
Raise The Bar For Quality
Raise Each Other Up


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